Education Law Center vs. NJDOE

On June 28, 2012, the ACLU-NJ filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Education (DOE) for failing to comply with the state’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA). The Education Law Center filed two requests for records detailing the DOE’s relationships with two private foundations that fund public education initiatives and other philanthropic endeavors. The DOE failed to turn over any documents in response to a March 27 request for emails between leaders of the foundations and the DOE, even after it requested seven deadline extensions. The DOE gave an unlawful denial in response to a second request filed on May 17 seeking any contracts or agreements between the DOE and the Broad foundation concerning two individuals who are employed by the DOE and are considered participants in a “Broad Residency” program.

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