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Abbott Gone Bust

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Ever wonder where your tax paying dollars go in New Jersey?  Every year the taxes go up. In this episode we talk about Abbott versus Burke  and a case filed by the Education Law Center of Newark . Abbott districts are school districts in New Jersey that are provided remedies to ensure that their students receive public education in accordance with New Jersey’s state constitution. They were created in 1985 as a result of the first ruling of Abbott v. Burke, a case that was filed by the Education Law Center. The ruling asserted that public primary and secondary education in poor communities throughout the state was unconstitutionally substandard. There are 31 "Abbott districts" in the state, which are now referred to as "SDA Districts" based on the requirement for the state to cover all costs for school building and renovation projects in these districts under the supervision of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority.Prior to 2011, the State of NJ did not release the total amount spent per pupil on schooling. Since the Abbott original ruling in 1985, New Jersey increased spending such that Abbott district students received 22% more per pupil (at $20,859) vs. non-Abbott districts (at $17,051) in 2011.. For them, the program has been characterized as "a huge failure".(1) (Wikipedia)   Questions are, should the New Jersey State Supreme Court be regulating education?    Is now education fair that more money is being spent per pupil in the poorer districts rather than the wealthier ones?  This show sponsored by ladylibertyinstitute   visit our forum

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