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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 DEMANDS INVESTIGATION INTO CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION'S REFUSAL TO ADDRESS DANGEROUS CONDITIONS IN URBAN SCHOOL BUILDINGS

Published on: January 18, 2012

ELC has sent a letter to the chairs of the Senate and Assembly Education Committees urging these lawmakers to investigate the Christie Administration's refusal to address hundreds of emergency health and safety repairs in urban school buildings across the state. 

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HUNDREDS OF EMERGENCY REPAIRS IN URBAN SCHOOLS IGNORED BY CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION

Published on: January 11, 2012

As Governor Christie’s shutdown of the State school construction program enters its third year, hundreds of requests by districts for emergency health and safety repairs in urban school buildings have gone unanswered for months by the NJDOE and the Schools Development Authority. 

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ELC, WITH HELP FROM SKADDEN ARPS, CREATES POST-SCHOOL TRANSITION MANUAL FOR FAMILIES OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

Published on: January 5, 2012

ELC has created “Transition Planning,” a know-your-rights manual in both English and Spanish for parents, students and advocates, detailing the rights of students transitioning from special education to post-school life, as well as the services and supports available to them. The manual is available on the ELC website and in hard copy.

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ELC ASKS USDOE TO DEFER DECISION ON NJ'S ED WAIVER APPLICATION

Published on: January 3, 2012

ELC has filed comments requesting that the US Department of Education defer decision on the NJDOE application for a waiver from NCLB until numerous concerns, including transparency and cost, are properly addressed.

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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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