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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.

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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ELC LAUNCHES PROBE OF STRUGGLING LAKEWOOD PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Published on: July 16, 2012

In response to repeated concerns raised by Lakewood public school parents and residents, ELC has filed an OPRA request for detailed documentation about the Lakewood school district’s plan to reconfigure school grade assignments and for academic and budgetary records from prior years.

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ACTING COMMISSIONER DRAMATICALLY LOWERS NEWARK'S STATE MONITORING SCORES

Published on: July 5, 2012

Acting Commissioner Cerf issued yet another round of scores on the Newark district's performance; the latest scores dramatically lower the district's ratings in the governance, personnel, and curriculum and instruction areas of QSAC monitoring.

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NJ'S GRADUATION RATE FIRST IN THE NATION

Published on: June 27, 2012

According to Education Week's annual "Diplomas Count" report issued June 7, 2012, New Jersey's graduation rate is estimated at 87%, far above the national average of 73%. New Jersey ranks No. 1 in the nation.

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NJ LEGISLATORS PROTECT FAIR SCHOOL FUNDING IN STATE BUDGET

Published on: June 26, 2012

Since Governor Christie’s FY13 budget address, supporters of public education have urged the Legislature to protect the State’s commitment to fair school funding for all New Jersey schoolchildren. It is now official – legislators passed a budget that rejects the Governor's proposed changes to NJ’s landmark school aid formula.

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