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About 45 percent of school districts in the state would see their state aid increase by 100 percent or more, according to NJ Advance Media's analysis, which could lead to significant reductions in property tax bills.Fair Lawn would see an 815 percent increase in state aid and an average drop of more than ,200 per household in property taxes, Christie said.Residents would have to decide whether to amend the state Constitution to implement Christie's funding system.Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union) praised the proposal and said he will sponsor it in the state Legislature.Christie, in a speech at Hillsborough High School, introduced the "Fairness Formula," which would provide ,599 per student for each district, a proposal he said would significantly reduce aid to urban districts while lowering property taxes in many suburban towns.The plan, which Christie is proposing as an amendment to the state constitution, would give 75 percent of school districts an increase in state aid, allowing them to ease the property tax burden on local residents, he said.The reallocation will help reduce New Jersey's highest-in-the-nation property taxes while ending the overabundance of funding to urban districts with low graduation rates, Christie said."We have two separate, but completely intertwined crises in New Jersey that must be dealt with," Christie said.
Under Christie's proposal, the district would see that aid cut by more than 78 percent.
Under the ,599 per pupil flat aid rate, 37 districts would see their aid cut by more than 50 percent.
Wendell Steinhauer, president of the New Jersey Education Association, called Christie's proposal "despicable." "Gov.
Christie's proposal would result in a huge step backward to the days when poor families in economically challenged communities were left to fend for themselves," Steinhauer said.
John Abeigon president of the Newark Teachers Union, also condemned the proposal.
Of that $9.1 billion, about $5.1 billion goes to 31 districts, while the other $4 billion goes to the remaining 546 districts, Christie said.