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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.

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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ONE OF THE NATION'S HIGHEST ACHIEVING STATES MAY GO HIGHER

Published on: November 18, 2015

Massachusetts leads the nation in test scores and is one of only four states with fair school funding but sees the need to increase its financial support for public schools in order to provide better and more equitable opportunities for students.

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FUNDS NEEDED TO REPLENISH SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM

Published on: October 29, 2015

ELC is calling on Attorney General Hoffman, Commissioner Hespe and SDA CEO McKenna to seek additional school construction bonding authority to fulfill the State’s constitutional obligation to complete school facilities projects in the SDA districts.

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JUSTICE GARY STEIN JOINS ELC BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Published on: October 29, 2015

The trustees and staff of ELC welcome retired NJ Supreme Court Justice Gary Stein, who served with distinction on NJ’s highest court from January 1985 to September 2002, to the ELC Board of Trustees.

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IN SMALL CITIES SCHOOLS CASE STATE AND PLAINTIFFS AGREE: 8 SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE OWED $1.1 BILLION

Published on: October 29, 2015

In the "Small Cities" school funding lawsuit, the Plaintiff parents and the State agree that the eight districts have not received the $1.1 billion they should have under NY's 2007 Foundation Aid Formula.  

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