Court Calls For Hearing On School Spending

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TRENTON – The New Jersey Supreme Court has called for more evidence of how state education spending cuts have affected public schools before ruling on a challenge to school funding.

The court ordered a hearing, with Peter E. Doyne appointed as a “Special Master to preside over the creation of a record and to make proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law.”

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The hearing will consider whether school funding at its current levels is sufficient to provide the constitutionally guaranteed “thorough and efficient” education for New Jersey children.

The special master’s report is due by March 31.

Earlier this month, the court heard arguments in a case filed by an urban education advocate who challenged Gov. Chris Christie’s cuts to state education spending. The court’s eventual ruling will likely impact the upcoming state budget.

Today’s court order is posted at http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/supreme/abbott_remand_order.pdf


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