Education: Who Should Pay for School?

While most New Jersey schoolchildren were enjoying their vacations last week, 88,000 other youngsters in summer-school programs had to change their plans. So did teachers and school administrators involved in scheduling for next fall. In an unprecedented move, the New Jersey Supreme Court at 12:01 a.m. on July 1 shut down the state's entire public school system. Reason: the state was not providing "thorough and efficient" education for all New Jersey children, as it was required to do by its constitution.

The lawsuit that finally precipitated the closing of the schools was filed in Jersey City in 1970 on behalf of Kenneth...

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