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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.

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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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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