In April 2020, WRI released a report written by Faculty Fellow Michael Hayes examining the 25 largest South Jersey school districts’ financial status and vulnerability to financial recession. This follow up brief examines the financial status of all 179 school districts in southern New Jersey.

A significant reduction in state aid would be problematic for New Jersey school districts because many districts depend on federal and state revenues to fund schools. To help the state distribute cuts strategically, and to help school districts plan for the future, it is vital that state and local policymakers in South Jersey are aware of the most financially vulnerable school districts in the region.

For questions contact Michael S. Hayes, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University-Camden at