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NJ RURAL STUDENTS AND SCHOOLS PRESS LAWSUIT FOR FAIR SCHOOL FUNDING

Published on: December 11, 2014

Attorneys for students in 16 poor, rural, NJ school districts appeared before Superior Court Assignment Judge Mary Jacobson in Trenton seeking to enforce 2009 decisions mandating the districts receive K-12 funding and high quality preschool under the SFRA.

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NY AND NJ FAIR FUNDING LAWSUITS READY TO ADVANCE

Published on: December 1, 2014

Lawsuits brought by students in New York’s small cities school districts and New Jersey’s rural districts challenging unfair funding are poised to advance in early 2015.

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APPELLATE COURT UPHOLDS AND CLARIFIES CHARTER CAMPUS RULES

Published on: November 12, 2014

A NJ Appeals Court upheld the NJDOE regulation allowing "successful" charter schools to open a "satellite campus" in "former Abbott districts," but the Court also issued several important clarifications of the rule.

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ELC PRESSES NJ TASK FORCE TO IMPROVE SPECIAL EDUCATION

Published on: November 6, 2014

ELC is calling on a State task force to address several urgent barriers to improving delivery of special education for New Jersey’s 220,000 students with disabilities.

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Trial in NY Small Cities School Funding Lawsuit to Start in January

Published on: October 28, 2014

After waiting six years, the parents and children in eight NY, high poverty, low wealth school districts will finally get their day in court in Maisto v. New York, known as the “Small Cities” case.

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NJDOE FAILURE TO UPDATE SCHOOL FACILITIES PLANS VIOLATES LAW

Published on: October 28, 2014

Administrative Law Judge Ellen Bass has ruled the NJDOE violated state facilities law and regulations by failing to require NJ’s urban districts to revise their long out-of-date school facilities construction plans.

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ELC PRESSES TO ENFORCE NY CONTRACTS FOR EXCELLENCE

Published on: October 21, 2014

ELC continues efforts to hold NY education officials accountable for implementing the Contracts for Excellence Law, a crucial component of the State’s obligation to ensure all students a sound basic education.

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NJ COULD HAVE OVER 130 CHARTER SCHOOLS, NOT 87

Published on: October 15, 2014

Following the revelation by the Attorney General that NJ has many more charter schools than the 87 in the DOE's official count, a preliminary investigation by ELC shows that the number of operating charter schools is well over 100 and could exceed 130.

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