By Art Gallagher
A divided State Supreme Court ruled 3-2 this morning that New Jersey tax payers must continue to fund the so called Abbott school districts according to former Governor Corzine’s School Funding Reform Act of 2008. The Court’s decision can be found here.
Justice LaVecchia, writing for the court:
The funding to the Abbott districts in FY 2012 must be calculated and provided in accordance with the School
HELD: The Appropriations Clause creates no bar to judicial enforcement under the circumstances presented here.
Funding Reform Act of 2008. Relief is limited to the plaintiff class of children from Abbott districts for whom the
Court has a historical finding of constitutional violation and for whom the Court has had specific remedial orders in
place through Abbott XX.
Justice Albin and temporary Justice Stern concurred with LaVecchia. Justices Rivera-Soto and Hoens dissented.
The Court ordered that the State must increase spending in Abbot districts by $500 million in fiscal year 2012,