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Little Change in School Aid in FY15 State Budget
Published on: July 21, 2014
With final passage of the FY15 State Budget, NJ school districts now have a clear picture of the resources available to them in the coming year as they strive to provide their students with a “thorough and efficient” education.
STATE APPROVES HUGE CHARTER EXPANSION IN CAMDEN
Published on: July 16, 2014
Commissioner Hespe has approved the plans of two out-of-state charter school chains – Mastery and Uncommon – to open 10 schools serving almost 7,000 K-12 schoolchildren in the State-operated Camden.
ELC REPORT: INADEQUATE FUNDING SHRINKS STAFF AND REDUCES OPPORTUNITIES FOR NJ STUDENTS
Published on: July 8, 2014
A new ELC report documents an alarming decline in staff levels in NJ's public schools between 2009 and 2012, triggered by the State’s failure to provide billions in required funding increases.
STATE SUED FOR DEFYING VOTERS' PROMISE TO COLORADO'S KIDS
Published on: June 29, 2014
Colorado families, teachers, and districts sue to enforce Amendment 23’s constitutional requirement for support for education in good times and bad.
PORTRAIT OF AN UNDERFUNDED SCHOOL DISTRICT: BAYONNE
Published on: June 24, 2014
The Bayonne Public School District has the unfortunate distinction of being one of the most underfunded in New Jersey. The district will receive a mere $186,000 increase in state aid over the current year.
State admits violating the education rights of Philadelphia school children
Published on: June 20, 2014
Read ELC Executive Director David Sciarra's op ed that appeared on the website of WHYY, Newsworks.org.
NO PROGRESS IN NEWARK PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO IMPROVE DELIVERY OF SERVICES TO STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Published on: June 15, 2014
The latest compliance report on implementation of a 2012 court-ordered settlement shows Newark Public Schools has made no progress meeting timelines for the initial evaluation and placement of students with disabilities in special education services.
LAWSUIT PROMPTS NYC DOE TO SCHEDULE BOROUGH HEARINGS ON SCHOOL SPENDING PLAN
Published on: June 10, 2014
For the first time in more than four years, the NYC DOE will hold timely, borough-wide public hearings on the Department’s Contract for Excellence plan for 2014-15. The hearings respond to a lawsuit filed by four public school parents represented by ELC.
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