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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.

RAC ACTIVITIES RAISE MAJOR QUESTIONS

Published on: December 16, 2012

The NJDOE has rushed to establish “Regional Achievement Centers” (RAC) as part of the NCLB waiver granted in 2012 by the U.S. Education Department. However, serious questions remain about the scope of RAC activities and the sources of their funding.

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CFE DEMANDS ACTION TO RESTORE NY SCHOOL FUNDING TO CONSTITUTIONAL LEVEL

Published on: December 4, 2012

The Campaign for Fiscal Equity sent a letter to Governor Cuomo and the NY State Legislature detailing the history of school finance since passage of the Foundation Aid Formula in 2007, and noting that in recent years the formula has been underfunded by $5.5 billion, denying critical educational resources to NY schoolchildren.

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AN ADVOCATE'S GUIDE TO THE EDUCATIONAL ADEQUACY REPORT

Published on: December 3, 2012

The SFRA includes a provision requiring evaluation of the school funding formula every three years, and based on that evaluation, the possible adjustment of the costs, weights and aid amounts in the formula. The evaluation and recommendations for formula adjustments must be presented in a formal report called the “Educational Adequacy Report.” 

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NEWS RELEASE: CFE STATEMENT ON MAYOR BLOOMBERG’S PLAN TO CUT AFTERSCHOOL FUNDING AND RAISE SCHOOL LUNCH FEES

Published on: November 19, 2012

The Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE), a project of ELC, released a statement on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recently announced proposal to close the city’s budget gap by cutting afterschool programs and raising fees for the school lunch program.

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REVISED STATE CHARTER PROGRAM RULES STILL LEGALLY FLAWED

Published on: November 14, 2012

For the second time this year, ELC has submitted written comments on amendments to the State's charter school regulations proposed by the NJDOE. ELC's comments challenge NJDOE's attempt to expand the charter school program without legislative authorization.

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ELC ADDS CHARTER SCHOOL DATA TO INTERACTIVE WEBSITE PAGES

Published on: November 5, 2012

ELC has now expanded the user-friendly, interactive data available on its website that provides information on the demographics of NJ’s public school students. The new data allows users to examine the demographics of charter school students and compare charters and host districts. 

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CORRECTING THE RECORD ON NJ SCHOOL FUNDING

Published on: October 16, 2012

Commissioner Cerf recently presented data showing that spending in high poverty districts exceeds the statewide average. What the Commissioner's critique ignores is the dramatic demographic differences between these districts and the rest of the state. 

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ELC URGES NY COMMISSION TO CHAMPION THE RIGHT TO FAIR SCHOOL FUNDING

Published on: October 16, 2012

In testimony before the New York Education Reform Commission, ELC urged that the Commission recommend restoration of billions in state foundation aid cut from New York schools since 2010, in order to ensure all New York schoolchildren have the resources needed for a constitutional “sound basic education.” 

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