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Posted: Sunday, April 4, 2010 12:06 am

Until this year, public schools in New Jersey were almost recession-proof. Contracts still provided employees comfortable annual raises, averaging just more than 4 percent. Gov. Jon S. Corzine, with a $1 billion infusion of federal stimulus funds, was able to maintain school aid for 2009-10 and even increase it slightly for the lowest-spending school districts such as Hamilton Township, a moderate-income K-8 district where two sprawling schools sit minutes from Hamilton Mall.

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