The state’s acting education commissioner has ruled that Lakewood public school students are getting a thorough and efficient education and that the state school funding formula is not unconstitutional as it relates to the district. Friday’s decision ends the administrative phase of a case brought seven years ago on behalf of public school families, but allows it to proceed to the Appellate Division of State Superior Court and, their lawyer hopes, the state Supreme Court.

“The Commissioner acknowledged Lakewood’s educational shortcomings but pointed out that the deficiencies do not rise to the level of unconstitutional,” Friday’s decision by Acting Education Commissioner Angelica Allen-McMillan states. “Further, the SFRA is constitutional as applied to Lakewood.”

The decision, rendered by Allen-McMillan in what’s known as the Alcantara v. Hespe case,

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