Vouchers vs. Public Schools - Is Education a Right or a Privilege?
The New Jersey state Supreme Court told Governor Chris Christie he is in violation of the state’s constitution with his massive cuts to education. That state constitution requires the state to, “provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of free public schools for the instruction of all the children in the State...”
But thanks to Christie’s budget cuts – a lot of New Jersey schools – mostly in poor districts – are not meeting that obligation – thus the court is forcing Christie to replenish the $500 million he cut out of education. But Christie isn’t the first Governor slapped down by his state’s Supreme Court. 19 other high courts have told their mostly Republican governors that their education cuts are unconstitutional.
Of course – when it comes to turning public education over to profit-making private schools for their millionaire buddies – Republicans tend to ignore what any constitution says and don’t think twice about screwing over poor students.