Press Secretary Michael Drewniak, speaking for Gov. Chris Christie, responded this afternoon to special master Superior Court Judge Peter Doyle’s ruling regarding the state school funding formula.
“Judge Doyne himself acknowledges that the Supreme Court limited his inquiry by excluding consideration of the impact of the state’s unprecedented budget crisis,” Drewniak said. “Critically, he also noted that, 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.
“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. The Court’s legal mandates on the legislative and executive branches of government have incontrovertibly contributed to our current fiscal crisis without uniformly improving education, particularly for the at-risk students the Court claim’s to be helping with its rulings.”
The Education Law Center had brought suit, alleging that the state’s budget cuts violated the school funding formula. The judge ruled the neediest students were hit the hardest by the state’s actions.