Jersey Shore Schools wins lawsuit against NJ Department of Education

A Supreme Court judge has ordered the New Jersey Department of Education to hand over state funding data and formula codes to six school districts on the Jersey Shore, information that could explain how state tax dollars are distributed to nearly 600 counties statewide.

In response to a lawsuit brought by the school districts of Brick, Toms River, Jackson, Lacey, Freehold Regional and Manalapan-Englishtown Regional, Supreme Court Justice Robert T. Logy has ordered the State Department to turn over the markup language used in its funding formula calculations to the counties.

The attorney for the six counties filed a lawsuit against the State Department and its records clerk, Janet Larkin, in Mercer County Superior Court last July. The suit alleged that the department violated New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act and the common law right of access to public records when it failed to deliver coding documents used to calculate state aid to individual counties.

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