NJ's Supreme Court takes up fight over public school spending

Gov. Chris Christie's (R-N.J.) billion-dollar cuts to public school budgets were up for debate today in New Jersey's Supreme Court.David Sciarra, of the Education Law

TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie's (R-N.J.) billion-dollar cuts to public school budgets were up for debate today in New Jersey's Supreme Court.

David Sciarra, of the Education Law Center, spoke about New Jersey students' right to a "thorough and efficient" education. Sciarra says the state took that right away when it slashed nearly $1 billion from its public education budget.

The state attorney general's office says the issue boils down to dollars and cents.

The issue goes back to Abbot vs. Burke, a case where the court tried to balance out the quality of education between wealthier, suburban districts and poorer, inner-city ones.

The state and the court came up with a formula that Sciarra says the administration should be forced to stick with.

There is no timetable for when the justices will render a decision.

NJ top court looking at school funding, again

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