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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.

NEW CAMDEN CHARTERS: 1st YEAR ENROLLMENTS RAISE RED FLAGS

Published on: March 9, 2015

Mastery and Uncommon charter schools, which opened in Camden in September, failed to meet enrollment projections for their first year of operation, according to an analysis by ELC.

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HUNDREDS OF NEWARK CHILDREN STILL NOT RECEIVING SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES ON TIME

Published on: March 3, 2015

At least 350 Newark schoolchildren did not receive timely evaluations for special education over the last six months, according to a February compliance report filed with the NJDOE and ELC by the State-Operated Newark Public Schools.

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SMALL CITIES STUDENTS PRESENT COMPELLING TRIAL EVIDENCE OF EDUCATIONAL HARM

Published on: March 3, 2015

The student plaintiffs in NY's "Small Cities" case presented evidence that the State has failed to provide them with a meaningful opportunity for a high school education, in violation of their right to a "sound basic education."

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PENNSYLVANIA GROUPS URGE COURT TO HEAR SCHOOL FUNDING CASE

Published on: February 25, 2015

Statewide groups concerned with the growing education gap for PA schoolchildren are urging the Commonwealth Court to hear a pending challenge to the severe lack of resources and funding of the state’s public schools.

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GOVERNOR RECYCLES ILLEGAL VOUCHER PROPOSAL

Published on: February 25, 2015

Governor Christie's current attempt to push through a program to divert public funds to private and religious schools through the State Budget was soundly rejected two years ago as an illegal end-run around the Legislature.

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FUNDING GAPS WIDEN BETWEEN WEALTHY AND POOR NJ SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Published on: February 20, 2015

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NJDOE ORDERED TO UPDATE DISTRICTS’ SCHOOL FACILITIES PLANS

Published on: January 21, 2015

In a final decision, Commissioner Hespe affirmed that the NJDOE violated state facilities law and regulations by failing to ensure the timely submission and approval of updated long range facilities plans for the 31 poor urban, or SDA, districts.

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INEQUALITY IN NEW YORK SCHOOL FUNDING REACHES NEW HIGHS

Published on: January 12, 2015

A report issued today shows that in Governor Cuomo’s first term inequality in funding between poor school districts and wealthy school districts grew over $700 per pupil, the largest gap in New York history.

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