The New Jersey Supreme Court last week rejected the state’s request to end a court mandate regarding school aid to 31 special districts known as Abbott districts.

Earlier this year, Gov. Jon Corzine increased total school funding by $532.8 million to $7.8 billion, with all districts receiving at least 2% of additional funding. The administration believes the new funding formula, which connects state aid to the number of underprivileged students in an area, satisfies the Abbott law while also assisting other needy districts.

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