By Rita Giordano and Inquirer Staff Writers. 

A coalition of nearly 60 organizations including education advocates and groups that represent teachers and people of color sent a letter Thursday to the Legislature’s Democratic majority calling for rejection of the Christie administration’s fiscal 2013 education budget.

The groups contend that the proposed budget continues to underfund the public schools funding formula. In addition, they say the budget includes changes in the weight given to certain students, including the poor and English language learners, and the way student enrollment is calculated — both of which stand to hurt needy districts. While some districts will get more aid than they did this year, the letter states, almost all will get less funding than they are entitled to under that state formula.


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