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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.

ELC REPORT: INADEQUATE FUNDING SHRINKS STAFF AND REDUCES OPPORTUNITIES FOR NJ STUDENTS

Published on: July 8, 2014

A new ELC report documents an alarming decline in staff levels in NJ's public schools between 2009 and 2012, triggered by the State’s failure to provide billions in required funding increases.

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STATE SUED FOR DEFYING VOTERS' PROMISE TO COLORADO'S KIDS

Published on: June 29, 2014

Colorado families, teachers, and districts sue to enforce Amendment 23’s constitutional requirement for support for education in good times and bad.

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PORTRAIT OF AN UNDERFUNDED SCHOOL DISTRICT: BAYONNE

Published on: June 24, 2014

The Bayonne Public School District has the unfortunate distinction of being one of the most underfunded in New Jersey. The district will receive a mere $186,000 increase in state aid over the current year.

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State admits violating the education rights of Philadelphia school children

Published on: June 20, 2014

Read ELC Executive Director David Sciarra's op ed that appeared on the website of WHYY, Newsworks.org.

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NO PROGRESS IN NEWARK PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO IMPROVE DELIVERY OF SERVICES TO STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Published on: June 15, 2014

The latest compliance report on implementation of a 2012 court-ordered settlement shows Newark Public Schools has made no progress meeting timelines for the initial evaluation and placement of students with disabilities in special education services. 

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LAWSUIT PROMPTS NYC DOE TO SCHEDULE BOROUGH HEARINGS ON SCHOOL SPENDING PLAN

Published on: June 10, 2014

For the first time in more than four years, the NYC DOE will hold timely, borough-wide public hearings on the Department’s Contract for Excellence plan for 2014-15. The hearings respond to a lawsuit filed by four public school parents represented by ELC.

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Long-Awaited SDA Assessment Reports Document Serious Facilities Deficiencies in Four NJ Schools

Published on: June 4, 2014

In response to a request by ELC, the SDA recently released Facilities Conditions Assessment Reports for four schools with serious facility deficiencies that have been awaiting repair under the agency’s 2012 capital plan.

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TESTING CONCERNS GROW AS PARCC PHASE-IN BEGINS

Published on: May 28, 2014

As another testing season winds down in NJ schools, policymakers are wrestling with a test of their own: how to manage growing concerns about the new high stakes assessments scheduled for next year.

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