Massive layoffs, the elimination of extra-curricular activities and after-school programs, and the closure and consolidation of several schools are the things that could disappear because of state funding cuts, according to officials from Jersey City Board of Education.

The JCBOE filed a lawsuit this week in Hudson County Superior Court seeking to overturn cuts in state education aid that officials say are harmful to thousands of local students.

Officials say the $27 million cut from the state could lead to as many as 410 layoffs of teachers and instructional support staff in the 2019-20 school year. The projected cuts of $208 million over the next five years would lead to even more layoffs and result in crowded schools due to foreclosures. Sports programs and athletics would also be eliminated.

“This massive reduction of state education aid is arbitrary, capricious and signals a complete abandonment of the state’s constitutional responsibility to provide a thorough and efficient education to Jersey City students, especially to the thousands of poor, minority and at-risk children of our district who would be denied quality education as a result of these abrupt and devastating cuts,” said Sudhan Thomas, president of the JCBOE.

Jersey City’s public school system consists of more than 30,000 students and 38 schools.The district is among the most racially diverse in the state with African-American students comprising 27 percent of students.

In 2017, it became the first school district in New Jersey to regain full local control after having been under state intervention.

Public school parent and co-plaintiff in the lawsuit Shanna C. Givens said the district has already been underfunded for the last eight years and that any more cuts will make things worse for students.

“New Jersey’s constitution says that all students are guaranteed a thorough and efficient education, but that can’t happen if our school district is eviscerated by these cuts,” she said. “Historically, since 1975 in New Jersey, the courts have always acted to protect and ensure full funding and it is our hope that the courts will act again to protect the constitutional rights and the futures of our children by overturning these draconian cuts.”

Representatives from the New Jersey State Department of Education have not responded on the funding cuts due to pending litigation.