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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.

SIX STEPS TO ACHIEVE FAIRNESS FOR STUDENTS IN THE FY14 EDUCATION BUDGET

Published on: May 30, 2013

For the fourth year in a row, Governor Christie’s proposed budget for public education seriously shortchanges New Jersey’s 1.3 million public school students. Once again it is up to legislators to revise the FY14 State Budget to address pressing student and school needs.

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NY STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT COMPLICIT IN CITY’S VIOLATION OF PARENT INPUT LAW

Published on: May 28, 2013

New York City public school parents have turned the spotlight on State Education Commissioner King and the New York State Education Department, charging that the state, like the city, has violated the Contract for Excellence law.

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Seize the Moment! Wade Henderson Urges Educational Equity

Published on: May 21, 2013

Wade Henderson, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, was recently honored by ELC with the Education Justice Award for national leadership in educational equity. Mr. Henderson also delivered ELC’s annual Education Justice Lecture.

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ELC PRESSES NJDOE ON BILINGUAL EDUCATION IN CHARTER SCHOOLS

Published on: May 21, 2013

In recent comments to the NJDOE, ELC pointed out a glaring omission in the State's bilingual education regulations. State rules governing bilingual education do not define the term “district boards of education” to include the board of trustees of a charter school.

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NYC HIGH SCHOOL ADMISSIONS PROCESS RACIALLY BIASED, SETS UP SCHOOLS TO FAIL

Published on: May 21, 2013

Parents and community groups filed a federal civil rights complaint against the New York City Department of Education, charging that the high school admissions process sets up minority schools for failure and calling for an investigation into racially discriminatory admissions as a civil rights violation of equal educational opportunity.

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SCHOOL FUNDING GAPS WIDEN UNDER CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION

Published on: May 15, 2013

As Governor Christie proposes yet another year of underfunding the SFRA, a new analysis by ELC shows that the funding gap between NJ’s lowest and highest wealth districts grew by 40%. 

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ADVOCATES TELL NJ ANTI-BULLYING TASK FORCE THAT FURTHER REFORM IS NEEDED

Published on: April 22, 2013

New Jersey Special Education Practitioners, with the support of ELC and other advocacy groups, presented testimony and written comments to New Jersey's Anti-Bullying Task Force about revisions needed to the state’s anti-bullying law. 

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NEW REPORT SAYS REFORM RHETORIC TRUMPS REALITY

Published on: April 22, 2013

Top-down pressure from federal education policies is making a popular set of market-oriented education “reforms” look more like the new status quo than real reform, according to a new report from the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education. 

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