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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.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT NEW JERSEY’S NEW HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES

Published on: May 9, 2012

The NJDOE recently released new graduation rates for every high school and district in the state. The change was required by new federal guidelines. ELC prepared an FAQ to help explain the new graduation rates. 

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NJDOE ATTEMPT TO LIMIT FEDERAL FUNDING FOR NJ’S POOREST SCHOOLS SHARPLY CRITICIZED BY ELC

Published on: May 1, 2012

ELC voiced strong objection to NJDOE's additional request to the federal government for a waiver of requirements under NCLB. The latest waiver request includes a proposal to “de-couple” federal Title I funding from the “rank order” of school district poverty. 

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ELC Files Suit over NJDOE Failure to Move on Emergent Repairs in Urban Schools

Published on: April 24, 2012

ELC has commenced legal action against the NJDOE for the agency’s failure to promptly review and approve hundreds of emergency health and safety projects in urban school buildings across the state, as required by law.

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ED HEEDS ADVOCATES AND RESCINDS POLICY ALLOWING SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO CUT SPECIAL EDUCATION FUNDS

Published on: April 15, 2012

The U.S. Department of Education rescinded a recently implemented policy that allowed school districts around the country to cut spending on special education services for students with disabilities. 

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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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