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Boult v. Board of Education

New Jersey Supreme Court


Decided: March 19, 1947.

SARAH BOULT ET AL., PROSECUTORS,
v.
BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE CITY OF PASSAIC, AND COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION, AND THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, DEFENDANTS

On certiorari.

For the prosecutors, William N. Gurtman.

For the defendants, Samuel F. Riskin and Philip W. Riskin.

Before Justices Parker, Donges and Eastwood.

Parker

[135 NJL Page 330]

The opinion of the court was delivered by

PARKER, J. The controlling question in this case, and in our view the only one that requires specific discussion, is whether the Board of Education of the City of Passaic had jurisdiction, in its discretion and of its own motion, to discontinue one of the public schools of that city. It is also argued that even if the jurisdiction existed, the discretion was improperly exercised: but assuming for present purposes without deciding, that this court has jurisdiction to review the administrative acts of the statutory school authorities, we perceive no illegality calling for judicial interposition, and indeed no illegality at all. The jurisdiction of the statutory authorities seems clear, and the closing of an existing school is nothing new. Downs v. Board of Education, 12 N.J. Mis. R. 345, 347; affirmed sub. tit., Flechtner v. Board of Education, 113 N.J.L. 401. All that we are asked to review is an exercise of judgment by an administrative body within its jurisdiction, which is not a court function. There is no suggestion of bad faith or dishonesty on the part of the defendants or any of them, and we see no indication of either.

On the merits the writs will be dismissed, with costs. This result makes it unnecessary to deal with the motion to dismiss them on procedural grounds.

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