Christie holds forum to seek support for school funding plan

Gov. Chris Christie continues to seek public support for his school funding plan.



The governor held a public forum in Wall Township Tuesday afternoon, where several residents questioned him about his plan and how it would affect students.



Christie wants to provide property tax relief by scrapping a state formula that goes back to a 1985 state Supreme Court ruling. That ruling required that 31 mostly urban, poorer school districts get a "thorough and efficient" education. 



Aid would be redistributed from the poorest districts to hundreds of other schools, under Christie's plan.



The new plan dictates that each district would get $6,599 of state aid per student instead of the nearly $21,000 that's spent on pupils in poor cities such as Asbury Park, Camden, Newark and Trenton.



Democrats have opposed the proposal.



The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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