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New Jersey Governor Scores One in School-Finance Dispute

From guest blogger Catherine Gewertz:

As you statewatchers may know, things have been rockin' and rollin' in New Jersey in recent months over new Gov. Chris Christie's proposed cuts to education. (See our story for a catch-up.) Suffice to say that Christie, a Republican, has many in education upset over the cutbacks.

The Perth-Amboy district decided to take action, and filed suit to stop the $475 million freeze in school aid payments this year. But today an appeals court panel ruling on that went Christie's way: the Associated Press reports that the panel upheld the governor's executive order forcing school districts to use surplus money to make up for those cuts.

Separately, the Education Law Center, which represents schoolchildren in the poorest urban districts in New Jersey, has asked the state Supreme Court to rule against Christie's funding cuts as a violation of the state's long-running Abbott v. Burke school funding case.

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