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UNDERFUNDING THE SFRA: THE LEGACY FOR NJ SCHOOL CHILDREN

Published on: April 20, 2015

With state aid nearly flat for the last few years, and local revenues constrained by an annual 2% cap, resources are completely out of sync with the actual costs of providing an adequate education for NJ school children.

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NJ RURAL STUDENTS CONTINUE PURSUIT OF FAIR SCHOOL FUNDING

Published on: April 20, 2015

Parents, students and school districts in 16 rural NJ communities have filed an appeal seeking to enforce a 2009 NJDOE order for K-12 school funding and high quality preschool under the SFRA.

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ELC CALLS ON SECRETARY DUNCAN TO REQUIRE NJ TO INTERVENE IN NEWARK PRIORITY AND FOCUS SCHOOLS

Published on: April 14, 2015

ELC is calling on Secretary Duncan to complete his investigation of the NJDOE's failure to intervene in underperforming Newark schools as required by the State’s ESEA waiver and school turnaround and improvement regulations.

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NEW YORK STATE BUDGET FALLS WELL SHORT OF CONSTITUTIONAL OBLIGATION

Published on: April 13, 2015

The overall increase of $1.3 billion in school aid in New York State's FY16 budget exceeds last year’s figure, but it falls far short of what students there are entitled to. It also fails to mitigate the severe resource cuts over the past six years.

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PROPOSED CHARTER CHAIN SCHOOL TAKEOVERS IN CAMDEN RAISE MORE RED FLAGS

Published on: April 8, 2015

The Superintendent of the State-operated Camden School District recently announced plans to turn over the operation of five district-run, neighborhood schools to the Mastery, Uncommon and KIPP charter chains beginning September 2015.

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MAKING SURE MANY MORE NJ CHILDREN BENEFIT FROM HIGH QUALITY PRESCHOOL

Published on: April 2, 2015

Pre-K Our Way, a not-for-profit organization launched earlier this year, is determined to make sure each child gets a strong start in life through effective preschool education. ELC is pleased to support this effort.

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GOVERNOR CHRISTIE READY TO IMPOSE ANOTHER ROUND OF EDUCATION CUTS

Published on: March 26, 2015

Advocates are warning legislators that Governor Christie’s proposed FY16 State Budget will force another crippling round of budget cuts in NJ public schools for the sixth straight year.

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PLAINTIFFS ALLEGE SCHOOL FUNDING SYSTEM VIOLATES STATE CONSTITUTION

Published on: March 25, 2015

On March 24, seven county school districts filed a lawsuit in state court alleging that the Tennessee school funding system violates the the State Constitution's education clause, its equal protection provisions, and its unfunded mandates provision.

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