Court upholds NJ governor's 2010 school cuts

(AP) - An appeals court panel has upheld Gov.Chris Christie's executive order forcing school districts to usesurplus money to make up for cuts in state aid.

In February, the Republican governor ordered the freeze of $475million in school aid payments in 2010 by requiring districts touse their excess surplus instead of state aid. The cuts were madeat the time to help plug a deficit in the current year budget.

The court found Monday that Christie acted within hisconstitutional authority to make the cuts.

The Perth Amboy school district, which lost $15 million in stateaid, filed the lawsuit.

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