States News Roundup
N.J. Officials Give Nod to Regional District Breakup
State officials will allow six New Jersey communities to move ahead with plans to dissolve their regional school district.
The Nov. 9 action by the state Board of Review comes as other state leaders have called for greater consolidation of New Jersey's 600 districts to improve efficiency. But these Union County communities want to break up the 2,200-student regional district into several smaller ones, to reduce costs and allow schools to adapt high school curricula to their local needs.
The decision to dismantle the district will be up to voters in the six communities. No date has been set for the vote.
Day Care a 'Nonissue'
A Michigan appellate court has ruled that a mother's use of day care cannot be a basis for removing her child from her custody.
The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled this month that Jennifer Ireland's use of child care for her 4-year-old daughter, Maranda, was a "nonissue" and should not have been a factor in an earlier custody decision that awarded custody to the girl's father.
No date has been set for a new custody hearing in the case.
Voucher Dismissal Upheld
A Georgia judge was not improperly influenced when she dismissed a lawsuit that aimed to force the state to pay for private school tuition vouchers, another judge ruled this month.
The plaintiffs in the suit had argued that the judge's ruling in September was influenced by a law clerk who had been hired by the city of Atlanta, one of the defendants in the case.
A spokesman for the Southeastern Legal Foundation, a public-interest law firm in Atlanta that advocates free-market policy options, said it will appeal the case to the state appellate court.