Small New Jersey Town Takes On School-Funding Fight

Chesterfield isn't what comes to mind when politicians talk about schoolchildren harmed by the state's failure to provide adequate education funding.

The 21-square-mile town features acres of lush farmland, horse ranches, and a subdivision where brick Colonials display American flags on front porches and full, elegant wreaths grace front doors. The median income is $77,000.

Chesterfield is southeast of Trenton, along the turnpike, and its school district sits squarely at the center of a battle brewing in the State House over how New Jersey funds public education in its 590 school districts.

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