ERIC Number: ED103543
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Models for a Legislative Response to Robinson V. Cahill. A Report to the New Jersey Education Reform Project.
Tractenberg, Paul L.; Jacoby, Elaine
In Robinson V. Cahill, the New Jersey Supreme Court directed the Legislature to define the Constitutional phrase, "thorough and efficient education," and to develop a system of financing the public schools that would ensure such an education to all New Jersey citizens. As a result of this decision, equal educational opportunity can become a reality in the state. But the burden is on the Legislature. What is done there will determine in large measure how soon and to what extent that goal will be achieved. This study is intended to point out the general areas in which the Legislature should act, as well as to offer models for specific legislation to deal with the educational needs of urban schools. The first section of the study concerns the problem of defining thorough and efficient education, and the second presents some alternatives for funding. But legislative action in these areas would not be sufficient to assure the development and continuance of thorough and efficient education. Thus, the third section deals with assessment and accountability, and the fourth with corrective action. The second section provides model statutes and bills from other states. Although a number of states have made significant steps in one or more areas, the New Jersey Legislature has a unique opportunity of creating an overall approach to education. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Greater Newark Urban Coalition, NJ.; Educational Law Center, Inc., Newark, NJ.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey