Key State Charges Against
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.''