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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 RULING UNDERMINES EDUCATION RIGHTS FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

Published on: December 21, 2011

Advocates are raising concerns that a case now before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia would significantly undermine education rights for countless children with disabilities, especially those who are indigent.

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VOUCHERS DEFEATED IN PA: LET'S KEEP NJ VOUCHER FREE

Published on: December 20, 2011

Recently, the Pennsylvania Legislature soundly rejected a much scaled-down version of a voucher bill. The voucher defeat in Pennsylvania contains important lessons for New Jersey legislators considering similar legislation for the Garden State.

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ONE YEAR AFTER INITIAL REQUEST, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RELEASES RECORDS

Published on: November 17, 2011

In response to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU-NJ on behalf of ELC, the NJDOE has released public records containing the names of outside persons brought in to review charter school applications. The documents were released nearly one year after the initial request was filed.

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ELC CALLS ON NJDOE TO DEFER AND REVAMP NCLB WAIVER APPLICATION

Published on: November 9, 2011

ELC has raised multiple concerns about the NJDOE's draft application for a waiver from various provisions of NCLB. In comments submitted on November 8, ELC urged the NJDOE to defer submission of the application from November 14 to the next application window in mid-February to address these concerns and obtain public input and support.

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REPRESENTING STUDENTS WHO ARE BULLIED

Published on: November 8, 2011

ELC and Volunteer Lawyers for Justice have designed a training seminar to encourage attorneys to take on pro bono representation of students who are bullied. The seminar, which features a range of presenters on topics including federal and state law and bullying awareness, will take place on Nov. 29 at Rutgers School of Law-Newark.

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STATE’S FAILURE TO FUND SCHOOL AID FORMULA HINDERS EXPERT ANALYSIS OF SPECIAL EDUCATION FUNDING

Published on: November 3, 2011

NJDOE has finally released the independent study of the special education census funding method in the SFRA. The study concludes that, because the State has failed to fully to fund the formula, it is impossible to analyze whether the method is effective in providing the resources needed to deliver special education.

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RED BANK AND FREEHOLD BOROUGH: THE REAL STORY ON SCHOOL FUNDING

Published on: October 26, 2011

Acting Commissioner of Education Christopher Cerf and area legislators visited two Monmouth county school districts last week: Red Bank and Freehold Borough. Educators there raised concerns over the State's failure to fully fund these districts under the SFRA, NJ's school funding formula.

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ELC SUPPORTS FULL FUNDING FOR STUDENTS IN RURAL DISTRICTS

Published on: October 24, 2011

ELC has filed an amicus brief in support of the 16 poor rural districts represented in the longstanding case, Bacon v. NJ Department of Education. The districts recently returned to court to obtain full funding under the State’s school aid formula.

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