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Doherty Praises the Fort Lee Board of Education’s Support for His Fair School Funding Plan

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Fort Lee Board of Education’s support of his Fair School Funding Plan:

“The elected officials in Fort Lee, who represent the interests of their constituents, have passed a resolution supporting a fair school funding formula that treats all children across the state equally. The Fort Lee Board of Education has acknowledged the language in the state constitution is clear: state aid must be distributed equally.

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Doherty Praises the Borough of Ramsey’s Support of the Fair School Funding Plan

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Borough of Ramsey’s support of his Fair School Funding Plan:

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Doherty to Hold Town Hall Meeting on “Fair School Funding” Plan in Bridgewater

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, announced today that he will hold a town hall meeting September 21, at 8:15 P.M. in the Bridgewater Public Library, 1 Vogt Drive, Bridgewater.

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Doherty to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Robbinsville on “Fair School Funding” Plan

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, announced today that he will hold a town hall meeting on his “Fair School Funding” plan. The town hall meeting will be held Tuesday, September 20 at 7:00 PM Robbinsville Township Senior Center, 56 Robbinsville Allentown Road, Robbinsville, NJ.

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Doherty Praises A.G.’s Investigation of Elizabeth School District; Urges That Probe Be Expanded Statewide

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, commended Attorney General Paula Dow for her investigation of allegations of corruption and fraud in the National School Lunch Program in the Elizabeth school district.

According to published reports in the Star-Ledger, the president of the Elizabeth Board of Education and two others have been arrested by state officials for their involvement in corrupt activities in the National School Lunch Program. All of the accused enrolled ineligible children in the free or reduced price lunch program, even though their incomes appear to significantly exceed the level needed to qualify for the program.

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Doherty to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Bedminster on “Fair School Funding” Plan

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, announced today that he will hold a town hall meeting on his “Fair School Funding” plan. The town hall meeting will be held Monday, September 19 at 7:00 PM in the Bedminster Township Municipal Building, One Miller Lane, Bedminster, NJ.

The Senator has proposed a new school funding formula that is fair and equitable to all students in the state; urban, suburban and rural. The new formula be would implemented by constitutional amendment that would have to approved by the voters.

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Doherty to Hold Town Hall Meeting in West Amwell on “Fair School Funding” Plan

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, announced today that he will hold a town hall meeting on his “Fair School Funding” plan. The town hall meeting will be held Thursday, September 15 at 7:30 P.M. in the West Amwell Town Hall at 150 Rocktown-Lambertville Road, West Amwell, N.J.

The Senator has proposed a new school funding formula that is fair and equitable to all students in the state; urban, suburban and rural. The new formula be would implemented by constitutional amendment that would have to approved by the voters.

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Doherty Praises A.G.’s Investigation of Elizabeth School District, Urges That Probe Be Expanded Statewide

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, commended Attorney General Paula Dow for her investigation of allegations of corruption and fraud in the National School Lunch Program in the Elizabeth school district. According to published reports in the Star-Ledger, the president of the Elizabeth Board of Education, a school principal, and a supervisor of custodians, all have children enrolled in the free or reduced price lunch program, even though their incomes appear to significantly exceed the level needed to qualify for the program.

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Doherty Asks Commissioner of Education Cerf to Investigate Elizabeth School Lunch Case

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, has sent a letter to New Jersey Acting Commissioner of Education Christopher Cerf asking him to investigate allegations of fraud in the National School Lunch Program by the Elizabeth school district detailed in a published report by the Star-Ledger.

Click here to view a PDF of the letter from Doherty to Cerf.

Doherty said: “The program that provides free or reduced price lunches to needy children is certainly important to ensure that those children have the proper nutrition during the school day. Sadly, it seems that cynical officials have expropriated the program for their own selfish needs.

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Doherty Asks A.G. Dow to Investigate School Lunch Fraud in Elizabeth

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Expose by Star-Ledger Uncovers Fraud at Highest Levels

Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, has sent a letter to New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow asking her to investigate allegations of corruption and fraud in the National School Lunch Program in the Elizabeth school district. According to published reports in the Star-Ledger, the president of the Elizabeth Board of Education, a school principal, and a supervisor of custodians, all have children enrolled in the free or reduced price lunch program, even though their incomes appear to significantly exceed the level needed to qualify for the program.

Click here to view a PDF of the letter from Doherty to Dow.

Doherty stated, “If the Star-Ledger story is true, it appears that highly paid school officials in Elizabeth are gaming the system for their own personal enrichment. Perhaps of greater importance, under New Jersey’s system for funding schools, enrolling a student in the free and reduced price lunch program triggers an “At Risk” designation for the student, which results in an additional $6,000-7,000 of state school aid for each student enrolled in the program. This additional school aid, which can exceed hundreds of millions of dollars per year, is collected from taxpayers throughout the state.”

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