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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.

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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NJ DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION'S NEW SCHOOL PERFORMANCE REPORTS "SIGNIFICANTLY LAGGING"

Published on: April 21, 2013

The NJDOE recently released their new School Performance Reports. Unlike the School Report Cards, which they replace, the new reports are dense, confusing and needlessly complex. NJ school administrators have already raised serious concerns about inaccurate data and the convoluted and controversial school “peer rankings.” 

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CHRISTIE’S FAILURE TO FUND THE FORMULA FOUR YEARS RUNNING

Published on: April 18, 2013

Governor Christie’s proposed FY14 school aid budget ignores the essential provisions of the school funding formula and underfunds schools by approximately $1.2 billion.

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CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION’S STEALTH TAX WIPES OUT SCHOOL AID INCREASES

Published on: April 11, 2013

Governor Christie’s proposed FY14 State Budget contains a special “assessment” or tax on 493 school districts that wipes out the small aid increases many of those districts were initially notified they would receive. 

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STATE-OPERATED NEWARK SCHOOLS FACE STAGGERING $57 MILLION BUDGET DEFICIT

Published on: April 4, 2013

The State-operated Newark school district is facing a projected $57 million budget shortfall for the 2013-14 school year. Given the size of the deficit, and the lack of detail from State Superintendent Anderson on how to address it, the Newark Advisory Board took the unprecedented action of unanimously voting to reject the State’s proposed budget for the district. 

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