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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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