But Hunterdon County’s 26 municipalities send their kids to a total of 30 different school districts—25 elementary-only districts, four regional high school districts and Phillipsburg High School (in Warren County), where Bloomsbury sends its high school students.This generates a ratio of municipalities to school districts that doesn’t even manage 1:1.But, partly due to the way Pennsylvania’s convoluted funding formula works, Erie city receives up to ,000 less revenue per student than schools in the surrounding county.“If we’re going to be offering kids an inequitable high school experience, something that’s vastly inferior in terms of resources to what’s available to students outside the city limits, we thought it was an ethical decision,” Badams said.

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In Hunterdon County, this would mean dissolving the elementary-only districts into the regional high school districts they feed, resulting in four true regional school districts serving virtually the whole county. P.) from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.

(Bloomsbury would join the Phillipsburg school district.) In fact, the municipalities that send their high school students to South Hunterdon Regional are already contemplating such a consolidation. in statistics from the University of Virginia, and a master’s in city and regional planning (M. Prior to joining New Jersey Future he worked as a mathematical statistician for the Bureau of the Census in Washington, D. New Jersey Future is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering land-use policies that help revitalize cities and towns, protect natural lands and farms, provide more transportation choices beyond cars, expand access to safe and affordable neighborhoods and fuel a prosperous economy.

When nine municipalities share a school district, as in Central Bucks, all taxable properties within these municipalities pay into the same pot of school money.

It no longer makes as much difference which particular municipality secures the new mall; competition becomes less acute as the size of the units of competition increases.

New Jersey’s fragmented universe of school districts leads to a host of undesirable or counterproductive land-use decisions.

With so many single-municipality school districts, many municipalities are on their own to raise school revenues solely from the properties located within their borders.

We don't want your troubled city kids out here in our county schools.

Why do you think we moved out to the county in the first place? “And some of them were far worse.”Another guy pulled Badams aside at a hockey game and said city students might be met with guns at the town line. The majority of Erie’s public school students live in poverty, and disproportionate numbers of them have learning disabilities or are just learning English.

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