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Learn about laws, regulations and advocacy tools in our guides on special education, discipline, residency, homeless students, and bullying.

CFE: A Project of ELC

ELC has recently undertaken the Campaign for Fiscal Equity's (CFE) core mission of advancing the legal rights of all New York schoolchildren to a sound basic and quality education under state and federal law.

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Education Justice

Education Justice, a program of ELC, provides technical assistance and information to education advocates nationwide.

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School Funding

Is School Funding Fair? ELC's National Report Card rates all 50 states on the basis of four separate fairness indicators.

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Abbott v. Burke

ELC represents over 300,000 low-income NJ schoolchildren in the Abbott v. Burke litigation. The Abbott decisions have been called the most important equal education rulings since Brown v. Board of Education.

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News Headlines

ARGUMENTS SET IN NY PROPERTY TAX CAP CHALLENGE

A challenge to the constitutionality of NY’s local property tax cap is being reargued in State Supreme Court in Albany before Judge Eugene Devine, who is also presiding over NY's "Small Cities" school funding case. The tax cap, enacted in 2011, limits local property tax increases to support schools to 2% per year.

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STATE PROMISES PROPER SCHOOL AID NOTICES TO NJ DISTRICTS

The Attorney General has advised that the NJDOE will provide all school districts with “expanded State aid notices…[including] the district’s adequacy budget and the maximum amount of aid payable to the district under the SFRA.”

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NJ SENATE BUDGET COMMITTEE HOLDS HEARING AMID UNDERFUNDED SCHOOLS AND UNFUNDED MANDATES

The Senate Budget Committee today takes up Governor Christie’s proposals for “flat” school aid. If enacted, the FY15 State Budget will bring a fifth straight year of cuts to staff, programs and services in many NJ districts.

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ELC ASKS COURT TO ADDRESS GOVERNOR'S ABANDONMENT OF SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULA

ELC is asking the NJ Supreme Court to address Governor Christie’s decision to abandon the State's cutting-edge, weighted student funding formula to calculate education aid for the 2014-15 school year.

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ADVOCACY GROUPS CALL ON LEGISLATURE TO SAFEGUARD PARENTS’ RIGHTS

ELC's Campaign for Fiscal Equity Project, the Alliance for Quality Education, and Class Size Matters call on NY legislative leaders to preserve and strengthen the Contract for Excellence (C4E) law.

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