N.J. judge finds Christie education cuts unconstitutional

    A judge appointed by New Jersey’s Supreme Court has determined that Gov. Chris Christie’s billion dollars in school-aid cuts last year does not allow for a thorough and efficient education as required by the state’s constitution.

    Special master Peter Doyne said the funding reductions fell more heavily on the state’s poorest districts.

    Rutgers-Camden law school professor Bob Williams said Tuesday it’s hard to predict whether the Supreme Court will go along with Doyne’s recommendations. He says the justices might consider the state’s fiscal situation in making their ruling.

    “But the arguments are very strong that given this constitutional mandate, the crisis is in some ways a result of the unwillingness to raise taxes or to shift spending from other priorities to this constitutional mandate,” Williams said.

    Williams said the court could also decide the erosion of an adequate education is not that bad and could put up with the lower funding until the economy improves.

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