- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie wants to give more aid to all New Jersey public school districts and give schools extra money to experiment with longer school days or hours.

State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff says the increases would be more significant than the $1 that scores of districts received this year. He says each district would get a bump of at least $20 per student.

Christie is also proposing competitive grants totaling $5 million for schools with proposals to lengthen school days or school years.

Direct aid to schools is proposed to top $9 billion.

Including retirement benefits for educators and school construction aid, the proposed money for schools is nearly $13 billion. That’s more than one-third of the overall $34.4 billion proposal for the state budget.

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