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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.

TOP 5 ISSUES FACING NJ PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN 2015

Published on: January 5, 2015

2015 brings fresh challenges to NJ’s position as a national leader in preschool-12 public education.  ELC, drawing on decades of advocacy for NJ school children, presents our “top five” issues for public education in the coming year.

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NJ LEGISLATURE MUST ACT TO REPLENISH SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION FUND

Published on: December 21, 2014

In testimony before the Joint Committee on the Public Schools, ELC called on the State Legislature to prepare for authorizing an increase in funding for NJ’s school construction program.

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NJ RURAL STUDENTS AND SCHOOLS PRESS LAWSUIT FOR FAIR SCHOOL FUNDING

Published on: December 11, 2014

Attorneys for students in 16 poor, rural, NJ school districts appeared before Superior Court Assignment Judge Mary Jacobson in Trenton seeking to enforce 2009 decisions mandating the districts receive K-12 funding and high quality preschool under the SFRA.

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NY AND NJ FAIR FUNDING LAWSUITS READY TO ADVANCE

Published on: December 1, 2014

Lawsuits brought by students in New York’s small cities school districts and New Jersey’s rural districts challenging unfair funding are poised to advance in early 2015.

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APPELLATE COURT UPHOLDS AND CLARIFIES CHARTER CAMPUS RULES

Published on: November 12, 2014

A NJ Appeals Court upheld the NJDOE regulation allowing "successful" charter schools to open a "satellite campus" in "former Abbott districts," but the Court also issued several important clarifications of the rule.

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ELC PRESSES NJ TASK FORCE TO IMPROVE SPECIAL EDUCATION

Published on: November 6, 2014

ELC is calling on a State task force to address several urgent barriers to improving delivery of special education for New Jersey’s 220,000 students with disabilities.

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Trial in NY Small Cities School Funding Lawsuit to Start in January

Published on: October 28, 2014

After waiting six years, the parents and children in eight NY, high poverty, low wealth school districts will finally get their day in court in Maisto v. New York, known as the “Small Cities” case.

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NJDOE FAILURE TO UPDATE SCHOOL FACILITIES PLANS VIOLATES LAW

Published on: October 28, 2014

Administrative Law Judge Ellen Bass has ruled the NJDOE violated state facilities law and regulations by failing to require NJ’s urban districts to revise their long out-of-date school facilities construction plans.

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