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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.

FEDERAL COURT OF APPEALS RULING PROTECTS RIGHTS OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Published on: September 24, 2012

In a recent, groundbreaking decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld the rights of students with disabilities to a free and appropriate public education, reversing a NJ District Court dismissal of a lawsuit seeking to obtain compensatory education.

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ELC SUPPORTS "RIGHT TO EDUCATION PAKISTAN"

Published on: September 22, 2012

Right to Education Pakistan has released a statement condemning the brutal attack on Malala Yousafzai. Education Law Center has provided assistance to the Right to Education team in their efforts to advance the education rights enshrined in Pakistan's Constitution.

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INTERACTIVE STUDENT DEMOGRAPHIC DATA NOW AVAILABLE ON ELC WEBSITE

Published on: September 18, 2012

ELC is pleased to announce that our website has been updated to provide even more data on the racial/ethnic composition, poverty rates, limited English proficiency rates, and special education rates of NJ public school students, whether enrolled in district schools or charter schools. 

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TASK FORCE ON DEREGULATION WOULD END KEY STUDENT SAFEGUARDS

Published on: September 5, 2012

An “Education  Transformation” Task Force established by Governor Christie is proposing the NJDOE eliminate many critical safeguards put in place to ensure New Jersey public school children receive a high quality, “thorough and efficient” education, as guaranteed by the State Constitution and numerous statutes.

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STATE ORDERS PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO FOLLOW NEW ACCOUNTABILITY POLICY WITHOUT PUTTING RULES IN PLACE

Published on: August 30, 2012

NJDOE is moving ahead with a major overhaul in the State’s public school accountability system without providing detailed rules to guide implementation of the new system in districts and charter schools, as mandated by state law.

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ADVOCATES PUT FORWARD PRIORITIES FOR NJ STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Published on: August 15, 2012

In a hearing before the Senate Education Committee on August 9, advocates for New Jersey’s students with disabilities, including ELC, offered a list of key priorities for legislative action for the coming year.

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ELC OBTAINS CONFIDENTIAL NJDOE SCHOOL TURNAROUND PLAN

Published on: July 30, 2012

In response to an OPRA request, ELC has obtained a confidential proposal prepared for the Broad Foundation by the NJDOE to “turnaround,” take control, and potentially close over 200 public schools over the next three years. 

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ELC SUPPORTS PISCATAWAY LAWSUIT TO CAP CHARTER SCHOOL SURPLUS

Published on: July 19, 2012

ELC has joined a lawsuit by Piscataway Township Schools challenging a decision by Acting Commissioner Cerf to allow charter schools to keep excessive amounts of school funding in their surplus accounts.

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