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The Jersey City School District

The Jersey City School District:

  • Jersey City schools are in a "dire situation, and the district remains unable and/or incapable of correcting its own problems.''
  • The Jersey City Board of Education has "a deeply rooted history of governance problems'' that continues to the present.
  • The district's employees are treated "unfairly and with indifference.''
  • "Widespread political patronage, nepotism, cronyism, and union pressure is a consistent motivation for hiring, firing, promotion, and deployment of staff.''
  • "Innumerable'' state contract-bidding laws have been violated.
  • The school district has "repeatedly failed to meet state requirements for academic-performance standards.''
  • School facilities are in "deplorable'' condition and constantly in need of repair--some to the point of creating a hazardous environment for staff members and students.
  • Fiscal management has been "corrupt'' and "inefficient,'' and has violated district and state policy.
  • The "systemic failure'' of the district has resulted in "thousands of children ... being deprived of the educational services that constitute a thorough and efficient system of education.''

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