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All ELC news stories are archived here in reverse chronological order. They are also categorized by state in the menu on the left, with New Jersey further broken out into separate subject areas.

EAST RAMAPO PARENTS FILE SUIT TO REMEDY SCHOOL BOARD’S FISCAL MISMANAGEMENT

Published on: January 19, 2016

Public school parents in East Ramapo Central School District filed a petition in the NY Supreme Court asking for concrete remedial action to safeguard their children’s right to a sound basic education as guaranteed by the NY Constitution.

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COURT DECLARES NEVADA VOUCHER LAW VIOLATES STATE CONSTITUTION

Published on: January 11, 2016

A Nevada judge has ruled that the state’s school voucher law violates two provisions of the Nevada Constitution and has issued a preliminary injunction to prevent the State from implementing the law.

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NEVADA PARENTS TO HAVE THEIR DAY IN COURT TO STOP UNCONSTITUTIONAL VOUCHER LAW

Published on: December 21, 2015

On Jan. 6, Nevada public school parents will ask a state court to declare Nevada's new voucher law unconstitutional and block the State from implementing it.

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JUDGE FINDS FREEHOLD BOROUGH SCHOOLS ARE SEVERELY OVERCROWDED, RECOMMENDS ISSUING CONSTRUCTION BONDS

Published on: December 20, 2015

An Administrative Law Judge found “compelling evidence” of overcrowding in the Freehold Borough schools and determined that Commissioner Hespe should authorize the issuance of bonds for improvements, renovations and repairs in district schools.

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PATERSON SCHOOLS FALLING OFF THE FISCAL CLIFF: IS THERE A WAY BACK?

Published on: December 15, 2015

The State of NJ has failed to follow the school funding law for six years in a row, and the Paterson schools find themselves on a fiscal cliff with more expenses than income.

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CONGRESS AGAIN FAILS TO TACKLE EQUITY IN REVISED FEDERAL EDUCATION LAW

Published on: December 10, 2015

The new "Every Student Succeeds Act" (ESSA) retreats somewhat from excessive high-stakes testing, but once again Congress has failed to confront the central problems that plague most of our 50 separate state school systems.

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STATE UNDERFUNDING AND RAPID CHARTER GROWTH PUT NEWARK BUDGET IN CRISIS

Published on: December 1, 2015

A new ELC research brief shows how Governor Christie’s refusal to fund the SFRA, while allowing rapid charter school growth, has put the Newark Public Schools in a condition of chronic fiscal distress resulting in several years of teacher, support staff and program cuts in district schools.

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KANSAS COURTS AGAIN TACKLE SCHOOL FUNDING EQUITY

Published on: November 23, 2015

The Kansas Supreme Court recently heard oral argument on the equity issues in the Gannon v. State "suitable" education case, which challenges state funding cuts and changes in how the state distributes funding among districts.

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