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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.

APPELLATE DECISION AFFIRMS COMMISSIONER’S DECISION NOT TO RETURN LOCAL CONTROL TO NEWARK ADVISORY BOARD

Published on: July 8, 2013

A three judge panel in the Appellate Division of NJ Superior Court affirmed Commissioner Cerf's July 2011 decision not to return local control of personnel and governance to the Newark Advisory Board. 

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CAPE MAY VOCATIONAL AGREES TO FAIRLY TREAT STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Published on: July 3, 2013

The Cape May County Technical Board of Education and the NJ Division on Civil Rights have entered into an agreement on the admissions practices of the Cape May County Technical High School to give students with disabilities a fair opportunity to attend. 

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FY14 NJ EDUCATION BUDGET PROTECTS SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULA, STRIKES VOUCHERS

Published on: June 26, 2013

With passage by the NJ Legislature of the FY14 State Budget, the outlook for NJ's public school students is best described as, "It could be worse." Read a summary of the highlights and lowlights of school aid in the budget.

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STATE'S CHARTER EXPANSION REGULATIONS UNDER CHALLENGE BY ELC

Published on: June 20, 2013

In a recently filed brief, ELC argues that Commissioner Cerf and the State Board of Education exceeded their authority under the state’s charter school law by opening the door to a significant increase in the number of charter schools located in NJ's high poverty, high minority school districts.  

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COMMISSIONER AGREES NJDOE FAILED TO PROMPTLY ADDRESS EMERGENT SCHOOL BUILDING REPAIRS

Published on: June 18, 2013

In a recent decision, Commissioner Cerf agreed with an Administrative Law Judge that the Office of School Facilities in the Department of Education failed to comply with state law requiring prompt action to expedite repairs of emergent conditions in high poverty “SDA districts.” 

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BROAD CONSENSUS ON ASSEMBLY BILL TO AMEND NJ CHARTER SCHOOL LAW

Published on: June 11, 2013

The Assembly Education Committee took a significant step forward in the process of updating and improving New Jersey’s 1995 charter school law when bill A4177 was introduced recently.

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COURT RULING VINDICATES PARENTS' RIGHT TO HAVE INPUT ON NYC DOE SCHOOL SPENDING PLAN

Published on: June 9, 2013

New York public school parents scored a victory in a State Supreme Court decision ordering the City Department of Education to hold timely borough-wide Contract for Excellence public hearings for the 2013-14 school year and future years.

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ELC’S LAWSUIT LEADS STATE TO RETURN CONTROL OF FISCAL MANAGEMENT TO NEWARK ADVISORY BOARD

Published on: June 5, 2013

The return of fiscal management to the district is long overdue. But the district also achieved the necessary benchmarks in personnel and governance, so those areas must be returned as well. 

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