Abbott v. Burke was the name of a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of 20 families from Camden, East Orange, Irvington, and Jersey City. A series of rulings in that case — intended to ensure that schools in 31 of New Jersey’s poorest communities received the “thorough and efficient” system of education — have impacted how New Jersey schools are funded for three decades.

At NJ Spotlight On Cities, NJ Spotlight education writer and founding editor John Mooney asked the question: “How relevant is Abbott today?” The session featured panelists Paul Tractenberg, co-director, Institute On Education Law and Policy and founder of the Education Law Center; Drew Martin, executive director, KIPP-Cooper Norcross Academy in Camden; and Chris Cerf, superintendent of Newark Public Schools and former New Jersey commissioner of education.