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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 CHRISTIE WANTS LONGER SCHOOL DAY AND YEAR AMID MASSIVE UNDERFUNDING OF NJ PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Published on: January 14, 2014

Governor Christie proposes to lengthen the school year and school day, but the proposal comes against the backdrop of a substantial and growing shortfall in state school aid caused by his staunch refusal to increase funding under the SFRA.

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NEWARK STILL NOT MAKING PROGRESS SERVING CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

Published on: January 13, 2014

Nearly two years since the Newark Public Schools agreed to a court-ordered Settlement to improve the delivery of special education services, the latest compliance report shows little progress in meeting deadlines for serving the district’s students with disabilities.

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LAWSUIT CHALLENGING NEW YORK TAX CAP REACHES COURT

Published on: January 5, 2014

Arguments over the constitutionality of New York’s local property tax cap have reached an Albany courtroom. NY parents and taxpayers are protesting the harm caused to schools by the 2% cap.

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NEW YORK CITY CLASS SIZES EXCEED LIMITS FOR A SOUND BASIC EDUCATION

Published on: December 18, 2013

Recent data show that class sizes in New York City public schools are now the largest in fifteen years, exceeding the levels established in the 2003 CFE ruling.

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EDUCATION LAW CENTER WELCOMES SKADDEN FELLOW

Published on: December 18, 2013

The Skadden Arps law firm has awarded recent law school graduate Jessica Levin a prestigious Skadden fellowship at Education Law Center from 2014 through 2016.

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REPORT SHOWS OVER ONE-THIRD OF NJ URBAN STUDENTS IN UNFIT, DILAPIDATED SCHOOL BUILDINGS

Published on: December 15, 2013

An unpublished report by the NJDOE shows at least one-third of students in urban public schools, or over 93,000 students, attend school in buildings that fail to meet basic health, safety and educational suitability standards. 

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TWO NEW YORK DISTRICTS CHARGE STATE SCHOOL FUNDING DISCRIMINATES AGAINST CHILDREN OF COLOR

Published on: December 12, 2013

The school districts of Schenectady and Middletown filed civil rights complaints against the State of NY with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights contending that NY’s current funding system has a discriminatory impact.

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TOP 25 NJ SCHOOL DISTRICTS MOST IN NEED OF PRESCHOOL

Published on: December 11, 2013

Over 10,000 children are eligible for full-day preschool in these 25 districts, yet fewer than 1,000 children are presently served. The need for preschool in these poor communities is overwhelming.

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