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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.

BEYOND THE HYPE: THE CREDO STUDY AND NJ CHARTER SCHOOL PERFORMANCE

Published on: August 13, 2013

In NJ, the CREDO charter school study released in late June was met with scant analysis and undue praise for improvements in charter school performance, but the national take-away was much more sobering.

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ADVOCATES ADVANCE RIGHTS OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES IN NEW JERSEY

Published on: August 12, 2013

Advocates for New Jersey's more than 200,000 students with disabilities have recently succeeded in protecting and advancing these students’ educational rights before the State Board of Education and the State Legislature.

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NJDOE SEEKS TO ELIMINATE CRITICAL SUPPORTS FOR AT-RISK STUDENTS

Published on: July 15, 2013

In a radical change to longstanding practice, the NJDOE is proposing to end the requirement that school districts provide quality, needs-based alternative education settings for at-risk students who are removed from general education. 

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NJDOE PROPOSES TO END QUICK ACTION ON EMERGENT REPAIRS AND CREATE MORE ROADBLOCKS TO SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION

Published on: July 11, 2013

The NJDOE is proposing to eliminate the longstanding procedure for “expedited” action on emergency school repairs and to impose additional obstacles that will further delay major construction projects in SDA districts.

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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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