State’s Urban Schools Need Extensive Repairs And Expansion, Report Says

blocksby John Mooney / NJ Spotlight

With questions mounting over the slow pace of the state’s school repairs and construction, an internal report by the state Department of Education acknowledges the sorry condition of many of New Jersey’s urban schools – with as many as one-third of them not up to building code or in compliance.

The July 2013 report – “Educational Facilities Needs Assessment” (EFNA) — by the state agency’s facilities office cites an “enormous need” for repairs and expansion of facilities in the 30 school districts covered by the Abbott v. Burke court rulings that ordered more than $8 billion in school upgrades more than a decade ago.

“The 2013 EFNA continues to show enormous need in the SDA districts to address overcrowding and educational adequacy,” the report reads at one point.

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