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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.

STATES SLOW TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO QUALITY PRE-K

Published on: May 16, 2015

NIEER's "2014 State Preschool Yearboork" finds dramatic differences in both pre-K access and quality among the states during the 2013-14 school year.

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NJ GRAD RATES REMAIN STRONG

Published on: May 12, 2015

A new report shows that NJ continues to be among the nation’s leaders in high school graduation rates and is making progress in closing gaps among student groups. The report also indicates that sustaining such progress will be challenging as the state adopts new graduation policies.

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ELC APPLAUDS LAUNCH OF NEVADA COALITION FOR SCHOOL FUNDING REFORM

Published on: May 7, 2015

ELC is a founding partner with MALDEF and the Las Vegas-based Rogers Foundation in a new coalition with the goal of ensuring sufficient and equitable resources to provide educational opportunities to all public school students in Nevada. 

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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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