Federal Emergency aid will help New Jersey school districts with expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The median amount among 654 districts and charter schools is about $116,000, ranging from no additional money in a handful of small districts or charter schools to nearly $19.3 million in Newark. Merchantville received $57,974. Gov. Phil Murphy says state aid to schools is in jeopardy as New Jersey faces revenue shortfalls in the billions of dollars and while it is welcome help, school leaders acknowledged it was just one piece of an uncertain financial future for the schools as the state grapples with a pandemic that is sure to bring considerable hardship to their classrooms.