Legislators assess Abbott fallout

Senator Sean T. Kean (R-11)

“After decades of failure, I find it difficult to believe the Supreme Court does not recognize that money alone will not improve educational outcomes or turn bad schools into good schools. The Supreme Court’s order to send another $500 million to chronically failing school districts will only drive up property taxes across the state, while perpetuating a disproven education philosophy that continues to fail students year after year.”


Sen. Michael Doherty, (R-23)

“At the next quorum of the Senate, I will introduce a proposed constitutional amendment that will forever remove the Court from decisions on how we fund our schools. The proposed constitutional amendment will provide equal school aid for each student, regardless of where the student resides. New Jersey needs to establish a fair, simple, transparent, and straightforward educational funding formula that takes the income tax fund and distributes the fund equally to each student.’’


State Senator M. Teresa Ruiz, (D-29)

“Today’s decision rendered by the Supreme Court recognizes the importance of fully funding our poorest districts. It is our responsibility to provide students with the resources they need to achieve academic success. We must recommit ourselves to finding a way to help all New Jersey students. During these difficult economic times, any cuts to any school district can prove detrimental.”


Sen. Joe Kyrillos, (R-13)

“The former Abbott districts spend more money to educate students than anywhere in America, and yet have not made any measurable progress in student achievement in thirty years. The Court’s decision today perpetuates that failure at the expense of the taxpayers of New Jersey, who are paying the highest property taxes in America because of an unequal and ineffective school funding policy.”


Sen. Nia Gill, (D-34)

“In light of the Governor’s actions and today’s Supreme Court’s decision, the Legislature must ensure fairness in funding for all of New Jersey’s students. I join with the Senate President in his commitment to doing so, and look forward to the work ahead.”



Legislators assess Abbott fallout