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STATE PROMISES PROPER SCHOOL AID NOTICES TO NJ DISTRICTS

Published on: April 14, 2014

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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ARGUMENTS SET IN NY PROPERTY TAX CAP CHALLENGE

Published on: April 14, 2014

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

Published on: April 2, 2014

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

Published on: March 26, 2014

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

Published on: March 26, 2014

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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ELC CALLS FOR MAJOR OVERHAUL OF STATE TAKEOVER LAW

Published on: March 23, 2014

In testimony before the Senate Education Committee, ELC raises significant concerns about implementation of NJ’s school district monitoring system, QSAC, as it applies to Newark, Jersey City, Paterson and Camden.

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LEGISATURE MUST REJECT GOVERNOR CHRISTIE’S PROPOSED FY15 SCHOOL AID BUDGET

Published on: March 17, 2014

ELC is calling on the Legislature to flatly reject Governor Christie’s proposal to provide almost no state aid increase for NJ school districts in the 2014-15 school year and to provide a 5% increase in State formula aid.

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GOVERNOR ABANDONS SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULA IN FY15 BUDGET

Published on: March 12, 2014

In his FY15 State Budget, Governor Christie proposes an almost infinitesimal increase in aid for NJ school districts, marking the fifth straight year without any real increase under the SFRA.

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