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According to data compiled by NJ.com the state aid to the Lakewood school district would go up by 59%. The new plan calls for a flat per pupil formula of $6,599. Currently out of the $9.1 Billion state aid to schools 31 districts known as "Abbot districts" receive $5 billion while the remaining 546 share $4 billion in state aid. Will property taxes go down? who knows. In addition, the current formula of state aid for special ED in Lakewood does not take Lakewood's unique situation into account with more special ed needs. The state assumes x amount of students will need special ed services based on the number of total public school students. The 30,000 private school students are not in the equation which results in less state aid. Lakewood currently receives $24,690,607 in Special ed services (Here) the big chunk comes from local property taxes.