N.J. High Court Finds Inequity Violates State Constitution

1973

In two important rulings, Robinson v. Cahill and Abbott v. Burke, the New Jersey Supreme Court finds that the inadequate educational opportunities provided to students in poor urban school districts violate the state constitution’s guarantee of a “thorough and efficient” education. As a result of these cases, and nearly three decades of litigation that follow, the state is ordered to improve the education system and provide additional financial resources to urban districts. These cases, and the resulting legislative reforms, become a model of school funding reform.