Students from throughout the Newark school system walked out of class and assembled at City Hall and Military Park to protest Gov. Chris Christie's proposed budget cuts Tuesday, April 27, 2010, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Joe Epstein)
An appeals court panel has upheld Gov. Chris Christie's executive order forcing school districts to use surplus money to make up for cuts in state aid.
In February, the Republican governor ordered the freeze of $475 million in school aid payments in 2010 by requiring districts to use their excess surplus instead of state aid. The cuts were made at the time to help plug a deficit in the current year budget.
The court found Monday that that Christie acted within his constitutional authority to make the cuts.
The Perth Amboy school district, which lost $15 million in state