• New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Reluctantly Agrees to Provide Education for Poor Children

    What a terrible blow for Chris Christie. My heart goes out to the guy.

    It might not seem like a big deal to you, but when you're a governor who makes defunding public schools the centerpiece of your plan to improve conditions in your state, a decision like this must really take the wind of out your sails

    The New Jersey Supreme Court ordered Governor Chris Christie to increase aid to the state’s poorest school districts by $500 million next fiscal year, while saying it couldn’t order the $1.6 billion advocates wanted.

    The court ruled 3-2 that current spending levels violated the School Funding Reform Act of 2008, which lays out a formula to support the districts. Christie, a first-term Republican, and the Democratic-controlled Legislature failed to honor their constitutional obligations to adequately fund the 31 poorest school systems, known as Abbott districts, the court said…

    Christie, 48, said he would follow the court's order, which he called bad education and fiscal policy. The decision oversteps the separation of powers and usurps the authority of the governor and Legislature to set spending levels, he said. "I've gotta comply with what the court ordered because I have a constitutional obligation to do so," Christie said today at a news conference in Trenton.

    It really breaks my heart when I think of all those kids who could have gone without education. What happens to them now, huh?

    Besides school, I mean.

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    Tags: Chris Christie, Education, Judiciary, Money, New Jersey


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