Thursday, May 26, 2011

NJ: Addiego, Rudder, Delany Blast High Court

New Jersey State Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, Assemblyman Scott Rudder and Assemblyman Pat Delany expressed outrage after the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that an additional $500 million must be spent on the chronically failing school districts formerly known as Abbott Districts.
“Suburban taxpayers should be appalled by this ruling! The court has declared that suburban parents who are already paying twice for education, for their own children and for students in the urban districts, now must shoulder the burden of another $500 million,” said Senator Addiego.
New Jersey’s school funding formula channels almost 60 percent of all state education aid to just a handful of school districts, the same districts that will receive the additional $500 million.“Since 2001, the 31 Abbott school districts in the state have received $43 billion in state aid,” said Assemblyman Rudder.
“This ruling will continue to drive up property taxes for suburban homeowners.”
“Once again, the New Jersey Supreme Court has mandated that the taxpayers spend hundreds of millions as if we had limitless funds and no other responsibilities,” said Assemblyman Delany. “This is just another in a long line of expensive court decisions that will cost New Jersey taxpayers when they can least afford it.”
"New Jersey’s worst performing urban school districts already spend far more than the state average, and continue to have unacceptably low graduation rates and poor classroom performance,” Senator Addiego said. “Without accountability and education reform, the supreme court is ensuring that children attend even more expensive schools that continue to fail them, while leading to huge property tax increases across the state.”

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