Legal Decisions (1972-2011)

Robinson v. Cahill, 118 N.J. Super. 223 (1972) and 119 N.J. Super. 40 (1972)

--trial court rules that state school funding system deprives poor children of the constitutionally mandated thorough and efficient education

 

Robinson v. Cahill I, 62 N.J. 473 (1973)

--Supreme Court rules that state school funding system deprives poor children of the constitutionally mandated thorough and efficient education

 

Robinson v. Cahill II, 63 N.J. 196 (1973)

--Supreme Court sets deadline for enactment of new funding law

 

Robinson v. Cahill III, 67 N.J. 35 (1975)

–-Supreme Court declines to enforce previous deadline for enactment of new funding law

 

Robinson v. Cahill IV, 69 N.J. 133 (1975)

--Supreme Court sets deadline for enactment of new funding law

 

Robinson v. Cahill V, 69 N.J. 449 (1976)

--Supreme Court rules that newly enacted Public School Education Act of 1975 (“T&E law”) satisfies Robinson I mandate

 

Robinson v. Cahill VI, 70 N.J. 155 (1976)

--Supreme Court orders schools to close on July 1, 1976, if Legislature does not identify funding source for new school aid law

 

Robinson v. Cahill VII, 70 N.J. 464 (1976)

--Supreme Court slightly modifies school closing order

 

Abbott v. Burke I, 100 N.J. 269 (1985)

--Supreme Court sends case to administrative law court

 

Abbott v. Burke, Initial Decision, Office of Administrative Law. OAL Docket No. EDU 5581-85, August 24, 1988

--administrative law judge rules that state’s school funding system deprives poor children of the constitutionally mandated thorough and efficient education

 

Abbott v. Burke II, 119 N.J. 287 (1990)

--Supreme Court rules that state must ensure that poor urban districts spend as much per pupil as wealthy suburban districts

 

Abbott v. Burke, unpublished decision of Superior Court of New Jersey, Docket No. 91-C-00150, August 31, 1993

--trial court finds that Quality Education Act does not meet Abbott II mandate

 

Abbott v. Burke III, 136 N.J. 444 (1994)

--Supreme Court finds that Quality Education Act does not meet Abbott II mandate

 

Abbott v. Burke IV, 149 N.J. 145 (1997)

--Supreme Court finds that Comprehensive Educational Improvement and Financing Act does not meet Abbott II mandate for poor urban districts; court orders immediate compliance with Abbott II parity mandate and remands case to lower court for hearings on required programs

 

Abbott v. Burke, 1998 N.J. Super. Lexis 25

--remand court recommends array of required programs

 

Abbott v. Burke V, 153 N.J. 480 (1998).

--Supreme Court orders array of required programs, including preschool, whole school reform, and school construction

 

Abbott v. Burke VI, 163 N.J. 95 (2000)

--Supreme Court rules on preschool implementation issues

 

Abbott v. Burke VII, 164 N.J. 84 (2000)

--Supreme Court reaffirms school construction mandate

 

Abbott v. Burke VIII, 170 N.J. 537 (2002)

--Supreme Court rules on preschool implementation issues

 

Abbott v. Burke IX, 172 N.J. 294 (2002)

--Supreme Court ratifies funding timeout agreement between Education Law Center and McGreevey administration

 

Abbott v. Burke X, 177 N.J. 578 (2003)

--Supreme Court ratifies mediation agreement on Abbott programs

 

Abbott v. Burke XI, 177 N.J. 596 (2003)

--Supreme Court rules on budgeting issues unresolved in mediation

 

Abbott v. Burke XII, 180 N.J. 444 (2004)

--Supreme Court relaxes deadline for preschool teacher certification

 

Abbott v. Burke XIII, 182 N.J. 153 (2004)

--Supreme Court orders further mediation

 

Abbott v. Burke XIV, 185 N.J. 612 (2005)

--Supreme Court rules on Abbott school construction timeline

 

Abbott v. Burke XV, 187 N.J. 191 (2006)

--Supreme Court addresses Abbott district budget issues

 

Abbott v. Burke XVI, 196 N.J. 348 (2006)

--Supreme Court clarifies Abbott district budget issues addressed in Abbott XV

 

Abbott v. Burke XVII, 193 N.J. 34 (2007)

--Supreme Court declines to order immediate funding for Abbott school construction

 

Abbott v. Burke XVIII, 196 N.J. 451 (2008)

--Supreme Court declines to order immediate funding for Abbott school construction

 

Abbott v. Burke XIX, 196 N.J. 544 (2008)

--Supreme Court remands case to lower court for hearing on whether School Funding Reform Act ensures a constitutional education in Abbott districts

 

Abbott v. Burke, unpublished opinion of Superior Court of New Jersey, Docket No. M-969, March 24, 2009

--remand court finds School Funding Reform Act constitutional for all school districts but recommends preserving the Abbott districts' right to seek supplemental funding for specific programs

 

Abbott v. Burke XX, 199 N.J. 140 (2009)

--Supreme Court finds School Funding Reform Act constitutional for all school districts if fully funded and eliminates the Abbott districts' right to seek supplemental funding

 

Abbott v. Burke, unpublished opinion of Superior Court of New Jersey, Docket No. M-1293, March 23, 2011

--remand court finds that underfunding of School Funding Reform Act has violated state constitution and terms of Abbott XX

 

Abbott v. Burke XXI, 206 N.J. 332 (2011)

--Supreme Court finds that underfunding of School Funding Reform Act violates terms of Abbott XX; court orders state to increase funding of former Abbott districts by $500 million