NJ Judge Rules Against Gov. Chris Christie’s Education Cuts
New Jersey Superior Court Judge Peter Doyne has ruled that Governor Chris Christie’s cuts to school aid have rendered the state’s schools unable to provide “a thorough and efficient education” to the 1.4 million children there. Doyne also found that the cuts “fell more heavily upon our high risk districts and the children educated within those districts.”
Christie slashed state aid by $820 million last year, and Doyne found that altogether, the state would have needed twice that much — $1.6 billion — to fully fund the School Funding Reform Act formula.
Following arguments before the Supreme Court earlier this year, Doyne was appointed to hold a hearing on the case, and issue recommendations.
The state Attorney General’s Office argued that the cuts were necessary because of New Jersey’s dire financial situation. Doyne acknowledged that, but still found against the state.Click here for reuse options!
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