Major shift in NJ school funding approved

May 28, 2009 7:40:01 AM PDT
New Jersey's Supreme Court has ruled the state's new system for funding schools is constitutional. Thursday's 5-0 ruling is the closest the court has come in 39 years of litigation to saying the state has found a way to provide a proper education for all children without special treatment for urban schools.

There is one catch: The court says New Jersey must continue to make some extra money available to the 31 urban districts for at least three more years.

The new funding system set up by the Corzine Administration seeks to subsidize all schools based largely on how many low-income students they have.

That could eventually lead to lower spending in the poorer districts.


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