New Jersey could change funding system for poor districts

10/30/2006 | NYTimes.com

New Jersey could soon switch to a new school-funding formula based on the number of poor students in a district. This is dismaying to the 31 poor "Abbott" districts, which, thanks to a state high court ruling that set a national precedent, have been getting little more than half the state's school aid, even though they serve only about 21% of the state's students. Critics of the Abbott funding plan charge it has wasted millions of tax dollars while producing only mixed results.

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