On Friday, Gov. Phil Murphy (D-N.J.) announced a bill that will aid New Jersey school districts with transportation, special education and other educational services within eligible districts, according to a press release.
More than 160 school districts will benefit from $102,784,455 from the Department of Education's Property Tax Relief Fund. Murphy said that his administration aims to use the landmark funding to continue providing a comprehensive education for K-12 students.
Though the bill will take effect immediately, the funds will be distributed during the 2023-2024 school year. Piscataway Township will receive $350,077, while other Middlesex County districts, such as Old Bridge Township and South Brunswick, will receive $1,325,330 and $2,681,738, respectively, according to the bill.
Sen. Vin Gopal (D-N.J.), one of the bill's sponsors, said that following the pandemic, school districts have encountered challenges such as reduced teaching staff and unreliable educational resources.
"This restoration of funding will ease some of those pressures, smooth out remaining transitions and help districts set course on a bolder, brighter future," Gopal said.