EXCLUSIVE: Lakewood Schools Get Mass Rejection of Professional Development Funds

boe emergency meeting 1Lakewood’s non-public schools are furious over rejections en masse of funds intended for Professional Development, TLS has learned.

The Professional Development ‎funds are federal funds that schools have been receiving for years, but this year, for unknown reasons, nearly every school was rejected – and some even received multiple rejections, sources say.

“I believe there were over 100 rejections,” a source who wished to remain anonymous told TLS.

Despite the grant office citing “insufficient documentation” on some of the rejections, something isn’t adding up.

“There’s more to this,” said the source.‎ “The schools have been receiving these funds for years, and for all of them to be rejected in one day just doesn’t seem right.”

Avi Schnall, the Director of Agudath Israel’s New Jersey Division tells TLS this is very concerning.

“The fact that so many schools received so many denials all within the same time frame is very concerning and a bit apprehensive,” Schnall said.

Schools have reportedly requested that Board and Township officials ‎investigate this, and reinstate the hundreds of thousands of dollars intended for the programs.



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  1. I have an honest question. many of the program dollars that our private schools get from the government (federal, state and local) require a non-discrimination policy. Yet, many of the schools do reject parents based on religious criteria, i.e., how frum the parents are. Doesnt that violate the policy?

    I ask this question in all honesty.

  2. Federal law allows for religious based discrimination as long as it is not by race. The cases also allow firing for staff immoral behavior.

  3. Could it be that academics are not taught after grammar school and only religion is taught in high school and beyond? Maybe the gov’t is challenging what Professional Development is needed after grammar school? Have the lower grade schools been rejected?

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