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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.

GOVERNOR’S ELECTION YEAR BUDGET AGAIN SHORTCHANGES NJ PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Published on: March 6, 2013

For the second straight year, Governor Christie is proposing almost no increase in school aid in his FY14 State Budget. The Budget proposal would, if approved, continue the Governor’s dismal record on school funding that began in 2010-11 with his massive $1.6 billion cut.

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NYC EDUCATION OFFICIALS SUED FOR SHUTTING OUT PUBLIC FROM SCHOOL SPENDING PLAN

Published on: March 4, 2013

Several New York City public school parents have filed suit against Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott and the NYC Department of Education for ongoing and persistent violations of New York’s Contract for Excellence Law. CFE, a project of Education Law Center, is representing the parents. 

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RAC RULES CHALLENGED ON FUNDING, STATUTORY AUTHORITY

Published on: February 27, 2013

Advocates are raising multiple concerns about the NJDOE's recently proposed – and long delayed – regulations for the newly created Regional Achievement Centers. 

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EQUITY COMMISSION CALLS FOR BOLD ACTION ON SCHOOL FUNDING AND PRESCHOOL

Published on: February 19, 2013

The federal Equity and Excellence Commission issued its report, “For Each and Every Child,”calling for “bold action by the states, and the federal government, to redesign the funding of our nation’s public schools…with sufficient resources that are distributed based on student need,” and urging “the highest national priority” for broad access to high quality preschool.

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SDA ADMINISTRATIVE OVERHEAD TOPS $110 MILLION SINCE 2010

Published on: February 18, 2013

An analysis by ELC of financial records since January 2010 shows the SDA spent a total of $114 million on agency staff, office space, legal services, communications and other administrative expenses over the last three years. 

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OBAMA EMBRACES NJ HIGH QUALITY PRESCHOOL AS MODEL FOR THE NATION

Published on: February 14, 2013

President Obama released the details of a groundbreaking federal proposal to expand early childhood programs across the country. The President's preschool initiative closely follows NJ's Abbott program, now in its 12th year.

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NYDOE POSTS 2012-13 CONTRACT FOR EXCELLENCE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT FIVE MONTHS LATE

Published on: February 14, 2013

In response to a demand by ELC’s Campaign for Fiscal Equity Project (CFE), the New York City Department of Education posted its proposed Contract for Excellence plan for 2012-2013 five months after the deadline established by the New York State Department of Education.

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STATE MUST ENSURE MIDYEAR AID CUTS DO NOT HARM NEW YORK CITY SCHOOLCHILDREN

Published on: January 24, 2013

CFE is demanding that New York State take immediate affirmative steps to ensure that the withholding of $240 million in state foundation aid from New York City does not result in cuts to essential education services for City schoolchildren.

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