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11-28-16 Education in the News

The Record--Christie bid to revamp schools may end with new governor

Governor Christie’s campaign to remake education funding in New Jersey and tweak seniority rules for teachers could come to an abrupt halt under the next governor because of a continuing dispute over the proper venue to hear his latest lawsuit.

Christie filed a lawsuit with the state Supreme Court in mid-September, asking the justices to suspend the current funding formula for poorer school districts and approve other changes. But the high court is questioning whether Christie should go to a trial court first. If the justices decide to send the case to a lower court, for more fact-finding, that painstaking process could outlast Christie’s term, potentially leaving it to the next governor to continue or terminate the school-funding lawsuit.

In response to questions from The Record, two declared Democratic candidates for next year’s gubernatorial race said they opposed Christie’s efforts, and a Republican questioned Christie’s legal strategy, signaling he would not continue the lawsuit.

http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/new-jersey/2016/11/25/christie-bid-revamp-schools-may-end-new-governor/94348012/

Salvador Rizzo , State House Bureau, @rizzoTK 9:06 a.m. EST November 25, 2016