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Judicial Supremacy, School Financing, and Closing the Achievement Gap in New Jersey

Arthur Lang, Rutger Law School

Abstract

Shadowed by its powerful neighbors to the north and east, New Jersey settled into a multiplicity of residential communities. The people of New Jersey, following in the footsteps of their revolutionary predecessors, jealously protect their rule from home against incursions of the larger realm. With a legislature historically dominated by municipal and county bosses, the judiciary has stepped into the political fray to guard the “general welfare” of the state as a whole. Nowhere has this had so great an impact as in education. New Jersey schools have become well financed and are nationally acclaimed for student achievement. Urban, minority schools are funded on parity with the schools in the most affluent suburbs. This paper explores how turnaround educational visionaries in failing schools can use the current funding formula, expertise in the law and regulations, and mastery over local politics to close the achievement gap and build a successful school.

Suggested Citation

Arthur Lang. 2012. "Judicial Supremacy, School Financing, and Closing the Achievement Gap in New Jersey" ExpressO
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/arthur_lang/50

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