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Doherty Asks Commissioner of Education Cerf to Investigate Elizabeth School Lunch Case

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, has sent a letter to New Jersey Acting Commissioner of Education Christopher Cerf asking him to investigate allegations of fraud in the National School Lunch Program by the Elizabeth school district detailed in a published report by the Star-Ledger.

Click here to view a PDF of the letter from Doherty to Cerf.

Doherty said: “The program that provides free or reduced price lunches to needy children is certainly important to ensure that those children have the proper nutrition during the school day. Sadly, it seems that cynical officials have expropriated the program for their own selfish needs.

“A report published yesterday in the Star-Ledger details that the abuses of the program are widespread and reach to the highest levels. According to the article, the president of the school board, a principal, and a supervisor of custodians enrolled their children in the free and reduced price lunch program, even though their incomes make them ineligible to participate in the program.

“As the number of children enrolled in the free or reduced price lunch program directly impacts the amount of formula aid provided by New Jersey’s struggling taxpayers, I ask that you investigate this matter thoroughly. If the allegations are found to be accurate, I believe that the sanctions imposed upon the offenders must by as harsh as the law allows.”

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