State Supreme Court hears arguments on Abbott Districts

EDISON - The New Jersey State Supreme Court heard arguments today on whether or not the state should spend more money on educating its most needy children. Education advocates contend that the expenditures to the underperforming schools, also referred to as Abbott Districts, are mandated by the state constitution. The advocates begged the justices to agree that Gov. Chris Christie's (R-N.J.) massive education cuts have robbed the state's neediest kids of their chance at a proper education.

The state, represented by former New Jersey Attorney General Peter Verniero, explained, "New Jersey's fiscal conditions are bleak. They were different when the state enacted the current statute over three years ago."

It was the first hearing on school funding since a lower court judge issued a report last month, supporting the argument that the funding needs to be restored.

The state's attorney has asked the Supreme Court to stay its hand for up to a year, while it continues to finish a funding report. There is no set timetable for the justices to issue a ruling.

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