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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’S ATHOS HONORED FOR ANTI-BULLYING WORK

Published on: May 13, 2014

ELC Senior Attorney Elizabeth Athos was recognized for her outstanding efforts to ensure safe and harassment-free schools through her contributions to NJ's groundbreaking Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights law.

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DRAMATIC RISE IN NUMBER OF NJ SCHOOLS LACKING ESSENTIAL RESOURCES

Published on: May 8, 2014

NJ has experienced a 72% increase over five years in the number of school districts “below adequacy,” the benchmark for the essential resources needed to deliver the State’s academic standards to all students.

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THE ABBOTT PRESCHOOL PROGRAM AT 15

Published on: May 7, 2014

To mark the 15th anniversary of the high quality Abbott preschool program, ELC has prepared a report on the state of the program, including recommendations for improvement going forward.

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ELC COURT ACTION YIELDS PROPER AID NOTICES TO NJ SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Published on: May 6, 2014

On May 1, the NJDOE issued new state aid notices to school districts for the 2014-15 school year in response to a motion filed by ELC before the State Supreme Court in the landmark Abbott v. Burke school finance litigation.

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STATE FORMALLY NOTIFIES NJ SCHOOL DISTRICTS OF SUBSTANTIAL UNDERFUNDING

Published on: April 30, 2014

In response to a motion filed by ELC, the NJDOE has issued new aid notices to all school districts based on the cost of educating students to meet State academic standards under the SFRA, NJ’s groundbreaking, weighted student funding formula.

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HOBOKEN CHALLENGES IMPACT OF CHARTER EXPANSION ON STUDENTS

Published on: April 23, 2014

The Hoboken Board of Education filed an appeal of the NJDOE decision to renew and expand the Hoboken Dual Language Charter School, detailing how expansion will exacerbate racial imbalance in the Hoboken schools and reduce funding available to students in district schools.

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STATE PROMISES PROPER SCHOOL AID NOTICES TO NJ DISTRICTS

Published on: April 14, 2014

The Attorney General has advised that the NJDOE will provide all school districts with “expanded State aid notices…[including] the district’s adequacy budget and the maximum amount of aid payable to the district under the SFRA.”

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ARGUMENTS SET IN NY PROPERTY TAX CAP CHALLENGE

Published on: April 14, 2014

A challenge to the constitutionality of NY’s local property tax cap is being reargued in State Supreme Court in Albany before Judge Eugene Devine, who is also presiding over NY's "Small Cities" school funding case. The tax cap, enacted in 2011, limits local property tax increases to support schools to 2% per year.

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