This four-month investigation by The Star-Ledger reveals questionable practices by the Elizabeth Board of Education. The Elizabeth school district is the largest in New Jersey, and seen as one of the "top" districts to some. Reporter Ted Sherman found that members of the school board often contacted teachers soliciting donations and various other types of monetary contributions. Teachers felt pressured to buy raffle tickets and attend fundraising events in fear of losing their job. Sherman also found internal documents that "show friends and relatives of board members scattered through the payroll."