Chris Christie Education Cuts Unconstitutional: New Jersey Education Funding Meets, Exceeds All Other States – but is still not enough

This may be one of the most astonishing decisions out of a state Supreme Court yet, exhibiting a lack of critical thinking that boggles the mind.  New Jersey Supreme Court Judge Peter Doyne has ruled Governor Chris Christie’s cuts to the Education budget in 2010 are unconstitutional according to the state Constitution. The judge says the lack of funding makes it impossible to carry-out the constitutionally-mandated obligation to educate the state’s children. The kicker is, the Judge admits that New Jersey’s funding meets or exceeds ALL OTHER STATES IN THE COUNTRY. Just an FYI, Christie is stubbornly attempting to put a Muslim on the state Supreme Court, who is an attorney for terrorists and belongs to the American Muslim Union membership, and who I doubt has anything on his mind but social justice (and the N.J. congress opposes the nomination).

Chris Christie

The kicker is, the Judge admits that New Jersey’s funding meets or exceeds ALL OTHER STATES IN THE COUNTRY. Just an FYI, Christie is stubbornly attempting to put a Muslim on the state Supreme Court, who is an attorney for terrorists and belongs to the American Muslim Union membership, and who I doubt has anything on his mind but social justice (and the N.J. congress opposes the nomination).

NJ.com

Gov. Chris Christie’s deep cuts to state school aid last year left New Jersey’s schools unable to provide a “thorough and efficient” education to the state’s nearly 1.4 million school children, a Superior Court judge found today.

Judge Peter Doyne, who was appointed as special master in the long-running Abbott vs. Burke school funding case, today issued an opinion that also found the reductions “fell more heavily upon our high risk districts and the children educated within those districts.”

“Despite spending levels that meet or exceed virtually every state in the country, and that saw a significant increase in spending levels from 2000 to 2008, our ‘at risk’ children are now moving further from proficiency,” he said.

Is this not the perfect example of Progressives at work? Repeating that last statement:

“Despite spending levels that meet or exceed virtually every state in the country, and that saw a significant increase in spending levels from 2000 to 2008, our ‘at risk’ children are now moving further from proficiency,” he said.

They apparently cannot teach their children but admit that New Jersey meets or exceeds EVERY OTHER STATE in the country in funding.

From Christie’s office:

…despite the fact New Jersey meets or exceeds all other states in spending for ‘at-risk’ students, many of those students continue to fail to meet basic educational proficiency,” said spokesman Michael Drewniak.

The Supreme Court should at last abandon the failed assumption of the last three decades that more money equals better education, and stop treating our state’s fiscal condition as an inconvenient afterthought.”

Well, SNAP…wouldn’t you think? The state has a $1 BILLION deficit.

The Governor’s office also pointed out the New Jersey Supreme Court refused to allow him to address the state’s budget crisis as the reason for the cuts…at least I believe that is what his office is saying:

Gov. Chris Christie’s office said that Judge Doyne himself acknowledged that the Supreme Court limited his inquiry by excluding consideration of the state’s budget crisis.

So evidence of the state’s budget crisis could not be considered when the Judge made his decision!

One of the problems is the state’s “funding formula,” known as the School Funding Reform Act. The “unconstitutionality” of Christie’s cuts comes from a constitutional mandated obligation to educate the state’s children – but apparently that’s not possible.

ThinkProgress explains it so that any Progressive can understand it:

New Jersey has one of the most progressive education laws in the country — the Abbott v. Burke case produced several rulings requiring the state to equalize public education funding for all students, meaning that poor, urban districts must receive the same relative amount of funding as wealthy suburban districts.

The new school formula for school funding, a legacy of Democrat Governor John Corzine, who left the audacious debt to his successor, election-slayer Chris Christie, moves money from higher-taxed school districts (funded by property taxes = homeowners paying even higher taxes) to lower-taxed school districts = inner city schools. In May 2009, New Jersey had the highest property taxes in the nation. I believe the case now goes back to the state Supreme Court.

From Shaw’s Blog:

The new state budget Christie put forward last month includes a $250 million increase in funding for local schools, but that spike comes after two years of reductions.

Shortly after taking office in 2010 Christie cut aid to school districts by $475 million. Then, in the new state budget that went into effect last July 1, Christie cut education aid by another $820 million.

Hubby’s observation this morning was a comparison to foreign dictators and third world countries: we send dollars, we send many dollars and they all end up in the pockets of dictators. Is the equivalent happening here? Perhaps the money is going to Teacher’s unions? To Teacher’s salaries? To administrative costs? To fund retirement? To build a new gym and locker room? For expanded sex education: is this teacher now relegated to a rubber room, with full salary?

Karen at The Lonely Conservative has the latest on the pain and misery of trying to live a decent life in Detroit. Michael Barone grew up there says one-fifth of the homes are vacant and untold others are missing (bulldozed).