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N.J. Supreme Court weighs state's obligations to school funding during recession
Star Ledger ^ | 1/6/2011 | Chris Megerian

Posted on 01/07/2011 5:33:42 AM PST by Titus-Maximus

TRENTON — Wednesday’s long argument over funding New Jersey schools returned to the state Supreme Court, where stark battle lines were drawn.

The Newark-based Education Law Center, which advocates for needy students, argued that cuts in school funding made by Gov. Chris Christie and the Legislature last year violate the state’s constitutional obligations. It wants the state ordered to fully bankroll the court-approved school funding formula.

In response, the state argues that cuts to education couldn’t be avoided because of the recession — and that the court has no role in how the state spends its money because there’s no constitutional inequity in school funding.

Hundreds of millions of dollars in state funds rest on the Supreme Court’s decision in the latest chapter of long-running Abbott vs. Burke. The court fight has drawn close scrutiny in part because the court itself is caught in a fierce political battle between Christie and Senate President Stephen Sweeney over the governor’s decision to dump former Associate Justice John Wallace Jr. in May.

None of the controversy was on display Wednesday as debate focused on the state’s obligations during a recession.

"Is this court not to take into account the present economic realities?" Associate Justice Barry Albin said. "Should that not be a factor?"

(Excerpt) Read more at nj.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: activistjudges
In NJ Gov Christie fights a radical Supreme Court that is determined to call education funding part of the "constitution" and therefore immune to funding cuts.

Time for the pitch forks.

The NJ Court in the infamous Abbott decision has taken $40 billion dollars from NJ communities to give to 33 high risk communities (Newark, Camden, etc.)since the 70's, and you know what - they didn't improve scores an IOTA! A waste of money and emblematic of what happens when you put liberals in charge. Property taxes are highest in the nation.

This is scary, Judges have no say in taxation - period!

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