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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.

NJ DISTRICTS STILL REELING FROM GOVERNOR CHRISTIE'S $1 BILLION FUNDING CUT IN FY11

Published on: April 3, 2013

The vast majority of NJ school districts have yet to recover from Governor Christie’s $1.1 billion cut in state aid in his FY11 budget.  An ELC analysis shows that in FY14 477 districts will remain below the level of state aid they received the year before the Governor took office. 

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COURT REJECTS COMMISSIONER’S DECISION TO ALLOW CHARTERS TO CARRY EXCESS SURPLUS FUNDS

Published on: April 3, 2013

A NJ Appeals Court has ordered Commissioner Cerf to reconsider the claim of the Piscataway Township school district that charter schools receiving tuition from the district should not retain excess surplus in their budgets, but should return those monies to the district and its students.

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GOVERNOR'S VOUCHER PROPOSAL IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL LOGROLLING

Published on: March 27, 2013

Governor Christie's attempt to enact a program to use public funds for private school vouchers in the FY14 State Budget constitutes an egregious form of "logrolling," which is prohibited by the NJ Constitution. 

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SPECIAL EDUCATION IN NEWARK: SOME PROGRESS BUT A LONG WAY TO GO

Published on: March 24, 2013

One year after Newark Public Schools signed a historic Settlement Agreement to improve the delivery of special education services, the latest compliance report filed by the district shows little progress in meeting deadlines in federal law for putting in place Individual Education Programs for students with disabilities. 

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GOVERNOR CHRISTIE'S FY14 BUDGET: ANOTHER YEAR OF CUTS TO NJ PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Published on: March 21, 2013

In his proposed FY14 State Budget, Governor Christie continues to pursue his objective of cutting funding to NJ public schools far below the levels needed for children to achieve academically, as established in the state's landmark school funding formula.

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NJ DISTRICTS CANNOT HOLD PARENTS LIABLE FOR COST OF EDUCATING STUDENT PLACED IN GROUP HOME

Published on: March 17, 2013

A March 5 ruling by Commissioner Cerf ensures that the education of a child placed in a group home will not be disrupted and that parents cannot be held liable for the cost of educating their child.

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NEW JERSEY REWARD SCHOOLS: REWARDING COMMUNITY AFFLUENCE, SELECTIVE ENROLLMENT

Published on: March 13, 2013

Last week, Commissioner Cerf announced a list of 57 “Reward Schools.” For the most part, these Reward Schools are located in affluent communities or are schools with high achieving students enrolled through selective screening. 

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DAVID KIRP TO PRESENT HIS NEW BOOK ON SUCCESS OF UNION CITY SCHOOLS

Published on: March 6, 2013

David Kirp, noted author and professor, will talk about his new book, “Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools,” about the Union City school district, on March 25 at the Bloustein School at Rutgers University.

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