NJ advocates want court to restore school money

(AP) - An education advocacy group has asked theNew Jersey Supreme Court to restore funding to schools that Gov.Chris Christie has proposed cutting.

The Education Law Center, which represents children in thestate's poorest communities, says Christie's proposal is contraryto the school funding plan approved last year by the state's topcourt.

Education funding has been before the court for decades. Thejustices have repeatedly found that the state has an obligation todo more for the poorest schools.

As a result, those schools are among the best funded in thestate, though several still lag far behind in test scores andgraduation rates.

Christie has said school funding should be determined by electedofficials, not judges.

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