The Christie administration released proposed school-aid figures Thursday that include additional per-pupil funding in discretionary spending and technology - about $20 per child - and a $5 million innovation fund to explore initiatives such as longer school days.
The total proposed direct school aid is $9 billion, up nearly $37 million from last year.
An additional $3.9 billion will go toward other costs, such as retirement benefits, pensions and construction.
The proposed aid budget would allow the popular Interdistrict Public School Choice Program to grow from 105 districts to 130 districts. The program enables some students from one district to attend schools in another.