NJ Supreme Court to consider school funding

April 28, 2009 5:25:26 AM PDT
Billions of dollars are at stake as New Jersey's Supreme Court hears arguments over school funding Tuesday. The court previously ordered the state's poorest districts, the so-called Abbott districts, to be funded the same as the state's wealthiest.

Gov. Jon S. Corzine and lawmakers more than a year ago approved the School Funding Reform Act. The law requires state school aid be based on enrollment. Additional money goes to districts for poor children, those with limited English skills and other special needs.

The state Supreme Court last fall refused Corzine's request to end the Abbott school funding case. A "special master" concluded the new formula "represents our best hope." But he also recommended the state continue supplemental funding to the Abbott districts for at least three years.

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Information from: The Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com/starledger

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