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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.

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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THE GARDEN STATE: A BEACON OF EDUCATIONAL EQUITY IN THE REGION

Published on: June 20, 2012

According to a new report released earlier this week, “Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card – 2nd Edition,” New Jersey is the most fair and equitable state in the region, if not the nation, when it comes to funding public education.

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SDA IGNORES LAW AGAIN PROMPTING ELC LAWSUIT OVER SCHOOL PROJECT DELEGATION RULES

Published on: June 11, 2012

The SDA continues to defy a clear legal mandate to put in place rules permitting urban districts to take full control over their school construction projects, forcing ELC to file its second lawsuit to compel compliance.

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LEGALLY FLAWED CHARTER REGULATIONS MUST BE FLATLY REJECTED

Published on: June 5, 2012

In testimony submitted to the State Board of Education, ELC declared that proposed changes by the NJDOE to New Jersey’s existing charter school regulations were fundamentally inconsistent with the state’s current charter law and should be flatly rejected.

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