Suit seeks swift emergency repairs of schools in N.J. cities

New Jersey’s Education Department is being pressed to act on emergency repairs in urban schools.

The Education Law Center has filed a lawsuit seeking swift action on the repairs.

The Department of Education is not fulfilling its legal responsibility to promptly review hundreds of emergency repair projects in some of the oldest schools in the state, according to law center executive director David Sciarra.

“This is a very critical issue affecting tens of thousands of children and teachers every day who are in urban schools buildings where there are leaky roofs, falling facades, boilers that aren’t working, HVA systems that aren’t working, fire alarms that need to be replaced,” Sciarra said Wednesday.

A representative of the Schools Development Authority says the program that provides funding for critical projects in urban schools is a top priority and calls the lawsuit frivolous.

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