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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.

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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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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