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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.

ADVOCATES PRESS STATE BOARD TO EXPAND PUBLIC INPUT, SLOW RUSH TO DEREGULATION

Published on: January 22, 2013

On January 16, several dozen education advocacy organizations mobilized at the NJ State Board of Education meeting, demanding that the Board change its recently adopted procedures for public input.

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NJDOE FAILURE TO MOVE EMERGENT BUILDING REPAIRS VIOLATES STUDENTS’ CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, JUDGE RULES

Published on: December 20, 2012

An Administrative Law Judge has ruled that the NJDOE, by failing to adhere to expedited timelines for processing requests for emergent repairs to school buildings, “has violated the requirements of the ‘thorough and efficient’ clause of the New Jersey Constitution.”  

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COMMISSIONER CERF AGAIN RECOMMENDS FUNDING CUTS FOR AT-RISK STUDENTS

Published on: December 17, 2012

NJ Education Commissioner Cerf has sent the long overdue Educational Adequacy Report to Governor Christie, recommending adjustments to the weights, cost and aid amounts in the State school funding formula known as the SFRA.

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COURT REFUSES TO DISMISS NEWARK LOCAL CONTROL APPEAL

Published on: December 17, 2012

In late November, an Appellate Court rejected a motion by Commissioner Cerf to dismiss the appeal filed by the Newark Advisory Board and parents seeking to return governance of the district to the elected school board. 

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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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