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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.

GOVERNOR'S SCHOOL FUNDING PROPOSAL: A BAIT AND SWITCH

Published on: April 10, 2012

The OLS analysis of the NJ Department of Education's FY13 budget lays bare how Governor Christie proposes to "phase in" the 2012-13 school aid generated by his “modified” school funding formula over a five-year time frame.

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COURT ORDERS STATE TO GIVE URBAN DISTRICTS THE OPTION OF BUILDING THEIR OWN SCHOOLS

Published on: April 4, 2012

An NJ Appeals Court has ordered the SDA to quickly adopt rules to allow local urban school districts to take charge of designing and constructing new schools and repairing existing schools. 

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GOVERNOR PROPOSES USING DISCREDITED METHOD TO COUNT STUDENTS FOR STATE SCHOOL AID

Published on: April 3, 2012

Governor Christie wants the Legislature to adopt a radical change in the way students are counted for state aid. The proposed – and widely discredited – method known as “average daily attendance,” or ADA, would trigger additional funding cuts to high poverty schools.

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FUNDING SCHOOLS UNDER STATE FORMULA IS KEY TO IMPLEMENTING NJ ANTI-BULLYING LAW

Published on: March 30, 2012

In response to a pending challenge before the Council on Local Mandates, the NJ Legislature recently amended  the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights to provide $1 million in grants for bullying prevention to be made available to school districts to implement the law's requirements.

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CHRISTIE SCHOOL AID BUDGET AND THE CERF FUNDING REPORT: AN END RUN AROUND THE LEGISLATURE

Published on: March 29, 2012

The February 23 release of proposed school aid for 2012-13, backed by Acting Commissioner of Education Cerf’s “Education Funding Report,” has now made it clear: Governor Chris Christie is attempting to do an end run around the Legislature in order to impose reductions in school funding for the third year in a row. 

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STUDENTS PUT AT RISK FROM GOVERNOR’S PROPOSED SCHOOL FUNDING CUTS

Published on: March 18, 2012

Governor Chris Christie’s proposed FY13 State Budget targets New Jersey’s low-income, or “at-risk,” students for significant cuts in school funding. These cuts will fall hardest on schools across the state serving high numbers of poor students, according to an analysis by ELC.

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DISTRICTS GATHER IN TRENTON TO PROTEST ANOTHER ROUND OF SCHOOL FUNDING CUTS

Published on: March 13, 2012

Parents, board members, superintendents and local officials gathered at the State House on March 8 to launch a statewide campaign to oppose Governor Christie’s proposed budget, which would, for the third year, reduce funding for public education.

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NJ ACTING COMMISSIONER CERF’S SCHOOL FUNDING REPORT: DOES IT COMPLY WITH THE LAW?

Published on: March 8, 2012

ELC has asked Attorney General Chiesa to advise NJ legislators whether Acting Commissioner Cerf's February 23 "Education Funding Report" is intended to fulfill the State’s obligation to review and adjust the school funding  formula as required by the SFRA law and the Abbott rulings.

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