New Jersey’s public schools are often cited for academic achievement, outperforming most other states on the National Assessment of Educational Progress and ranking among top nations on international benchmarks, says David G. Sciarra, executive director of the Education Law Center in Newark, N.J., and lead counsel to the plaintiff schoolchildren in New Jersey’s landmark Abbott v. Burke litigation, for the Washington Post. The Garden State has another distinction: it is one of the few states with an equitable school finance formula that, when fully funded, provides all schools sufficient resources to deliver rigorous academic standards while targeting more funding to high poverty districts and schools.  But fair school funding is not on Gov. Chris Christie’s so-called education “reform” agenda…

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