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Local schools lose lawsuit seeking money, preschool


December 22, 2014
Amanda Oglesby
Asbury Park Press

No additional state aid or preschool funding lies in the near future for four Ocean County school districts who sued the state Department of Education.

A Superior Court judge issued a blow to the hopes of Lakewood, Lakehurst, Ocean Township (Waretown), Little Egg Harbor and 12 other New Jersey school districts last week when she denied their request seeking full funding of the state’s school funding formula. The schools also sought money to expand preschool to all 3- and 4-year-olds in their communities.

The 16 poor, mostly rural school districts — known as “Bacon” districts — are unable to provide their students with a “thorough and efficient” education required by the state constitution, said Education Law Center Executive Director David Sciarra, who represented them in court. Insufficient state funding is to blame, he said.