This is exactly why we have a judicial branch – when an executive goes rogue, the law can slow them down:
Gov. Chris Christie’s deep cuts to state school aid last year left New Jersey’s schools unable to provide a “thorough and efficient” education to the state’s nearly 1.4 million school children, a Superior Court judge found today.
Last year, Christie slashed $820 million from New Jersey’s education budget while national Republican star for standing firm against working families.
The decision from Judge Peter Doyne indicated that an additional $1.6 billion was needed for the governor’s budget to satisfy the formula laid out by School Funding Reform Act of 2008, or SFRA. The case only came across Doyne’s desk in June 2010 thanks to the efforts of the Newark-based Education Law Center, which helped establish the SFRA requirements for this very purpose – to ensure the state can’t ruin the public school system.
Doyne’s decision comes on the heels of Wisconsin Judge Maryann Sumi halting a law stripping collective bargaining rights from public employees on the grounds that it was illegally passed.