At 10:35 this morning, Michael Inzelbuch, attorney for Lakewood’s Public Schools District, filed an emergency motion in court to stop the plan by Assembly Democrats to slash $30 million in funding to Lakewood’s schools. Inzelbuch’s motion was filed in state court before Judge Susan Scarola.
Although Judge Scarola is currently overseas, due to the urgent nature of the court filing, Mr. Inzelbuch requested an emergency phone conference with the judge. The emergency motion argues that for Lakewood to provide a “thorough and efficient” education to its students, the district needs the state aid that had been promised.
The Department of Education is on record saying that Lakewood is due the $30 million that was promised to them and that was included in Governor Murphy’s budget.
“The budget passed yesterday by Assembly Democrats is not the end of the story – Lakewood will fight for the funds needed to provide it’s students with the education they need and deserve,” a Lakewood school district official told TLS.
This story will be updated.
UPDATE: TLS has learned that the proposed State budget will also cut all State monies to the LSTA, and significantly reduce funding to the Special Children’s Center, SCHI, and other specialized programs.C