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School legal costs are a killer

In recent months, school funding has been hotly debated by many sides. And the most infamous school litigation of the past two decades, Abbott vs. Burke, is routinely invoked as a major cost driver in education. Whether or not you support the New Jersey Supreme Court’s decisions, which required equalized funding between the state’s richest and poorest school districts, most of us acknowledge that school districts must look for ways to cut waste from their budgets. (more…)

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School vouchers can open the door for disadvantaged students

March 19, 2010
Asbury Park Press

In Sunday’s Asbury Park Press, an article in the @issue section posed the question, “Are vouchers boon or bane to education?” Based upon my experience as a teacher in a Title I (formerly “Abbott”) urban high school, I feel compelled to add my voice to the legislation being proposed in Trenton that would give tax credits to state businesses that contribute to a voucher fund for students. (more…)

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No gauge exists to measure effectiveness of Abbott school spending

January 16, 2010
The Press of Atlantic City

With two test performance databases

Click here for a database of 2009 N.J. school test scores

Click here for a database of 2009 high school proficiency test failure rates

A third of the state budget, about $10 billion, goes directly to public schools. (more…)

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Preschool study not convincing

July 19, 2009
The Asbury Park Press

Gov. Jon Corzine fired off a press release last week extolling a study of the preschool program for pupils in the state’s poorest school districts. The study, he claims, “reconfirms what teachers, parents and advocates have witnessed for years: New Jersey’s high-quality preschool system produces positive results and better prepares children for elementary school.”

Reconfirms? Not so fast. (more…)

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So long, Abbott

ABBOTT IS dead. The series of state Supreme Court rulings on education funding known as the “Abbott decisions” has been buried. R.I.P.

On Thursday, the state’s high court ruled that Governor Corzine’s new school-funding formula was constitutional. It is a landmark moment for the state — as well as a landmark moment for Corzine. (more…)

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Abbott funds might dry up

Associated Press
The Courier-Post

New Jersey’s Supreme Court has ruled the Corzine Administration’s new system for funding schools is constitutional, a major step toward ending the system of special help for 31 urban school districts that has been a sore spot for many taxpayers and politicians for decades. (more…)

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