The Lakewood Public School District’s budget deficit has garnered much press, some positive and mostly negative, in the weeks leading up to the recent $6.2 million referendum. The proposed tax hike was overwhelmingly voted down, with 99% of voters opposing the measure.
While some people attempted to blame the deficit on the school board, Agudath Israel’s New Jersey director Rabbi Avi Schnall authored an op-ed explaining that the real problem is the state’s school funding formula. The current formula does not acknowledge the fact that nearly 80% of the township’s students – more than 25,000 school children – attend private schools. By failing to take those children into account, the State of New Jersey has created the $12 million deficit.
Click here to read Rabbi Schnall’s op-ed