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Doherty: Jersey City’s School Funding Lawsuit Should Be Thrown Out

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Says City Abused the System for Decades, Getting Billions It Didn’t Deserve

Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) said a lawsuit filed by the Jersey City Board of Education against the State to challenge planned school funding cuts should be thrown out:

Sen. Doherty said a lawsuit filed by the Jersey City Board of Education against the State to challenge planned school funding cuts should be thrown out. (SenateNJ.com)

“After stealing billions of school aid from the rest of the State for decades, Jersey City’s lawsuit should be tossed in the garbage.

“Jersey City has a long history of abusing PILOT agreements, manipulating the school funding formula, and fighting a citywide reassessment, all in an attempt to hide the city’s growing wealth and shift the cost of operating their schools from local taxpayers to the rest of the state.

“As a result of this scheme, Jersey City collected billions more in State school aid than it deserved, while rural and suburban districts across New Jersey got less as a result of this diversion.

“The city should drop the lawsuit and consider itself lucky that it collected as much as it did for so long.”

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