Judge Determines Governor’s School Aid Cuts Did Not Meet Adequacy Requirement

By Michael Aron

Bergen County Judge Peter Doyne held hearings last month to determine whether this year’s 830 million dollar cut in school aid is so steep that it violates the constitution.  The state Attorney General’s Office, representing the governor and the legislature had said the state’s fiscal condition demanded that cut.  Doyne’s opinion appears to embrace an expert’s testimony that 205 of the state’s 560 school districts were cut so deeply that their state funding did not meet the “adequacy” requirements of the 2008 School Funding Reform Act and that in those 205 districts reside 72 percent of the state’s at-risk students.

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