TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) – A judge’s decision in New Jersey could prove troublesome to the Christie Administration as it attempts to rein in state spending. The issue: adequate funding of public schools.

Judge Peter Doyne ruled that some $820 million in education cuts last year failed to abide by Abbott court case standards to provide a “thorough and efficient” education to every student in the state.

Elizabeth Athos of the Education Law Center, which brought the action, notes the matter isn’t really settled yet.

“It’s based on the record before him, the findings of fact, the conclusions of law that go to the New Jersey Supreme Court who makes the ultimate decision,” she said.

Doyne’s findings did not take the state’s fiscal condition into account, a fact noted by the Governor’s press office in an e-mailed reaction. Press Secretary Michael Drewniak suggests the state Supreme Court abandon what he calls “the failed assumption of the last three decades that more money equals better education”.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio

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