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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.

STATE FINDS LACK OF SPECIAL EDUCATION STAFF IN ANOTHER PATERSON SCHOOL

Published on: September 1, 2011

As a result of a complaint filed by ELC, the NJDOE has directed the Paterson school district to provide additional special education instruction to 39 students in School Number 10. This is the third finding that Paterson’s inadequate staffing for the 2010-2011 school year has led to the denial of special education and related services to students with disabilities.

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WHAT?! HANUSHEK SHOWS UP AGAIN?

Published on: September 1, 2011

When parents and school districts go to court trying to win fair funding for under-resourced schools, Dr. Rick Hanushek, an economist at the conservative Hoover Institution, usually gets a phone call. State defendants pay him to testify as an expert witness in lawsuits, but the money would probably be better spent on educating kids.

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HOW THE GOVERNOR’S BUDGET VETO HURT SCHOOL DISTRICTS: THE BREAKDOWN

Published on: August 1, 2011

When Governor Christie took his red pen to the Democrats’ FY12 State Budget, he removed full funding of the state school aid formula for the 2011-12 school year. As a result, 550 districts are now off-formula for the second straight year. Find out how much your district lost.

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ELC Fights Arbitrary Graduation Decisions on Behalf of Students and Families

Published on: July 25, 2011

Over the past few months, ELC attorneys helped numerous parents and high school seniors resolve a variety of attempts by school districts across New Jersey to prevent students from graduating, force students to graduate prematurely, and deny participation in graduation ceremonies.

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ELC CONTINUES PUSH FOR ADEQUATE SPECIAL EDUCATION STAFF AND SERVICES IN PATERSON

Published on: July 19, 2011

ELC has filed an additional complaint with the NJDOE regarding the lack of special education and related services for Paterson students in 2010-11, caused by a hiring and spending freeze ordered by the NJDOE in September. The latest complaint concerns School Number 10, which serves children in kindergarten through eighth grade.

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GOVERNOR BLOCKS FAIR SCHOOL FUNDING FOR ALL DISTRICTS

Published on: July 11, 2011

Governor Christie's line item veto of the FY12 State Budget approved by the Legislature brought an abrupt halt to the grassroots effort to restore the Governor's massive $1.6 billion cut in school aid in 2010-11. Advocates will be looking to secure funds in the FY13 State Budget to move all remaining districts to full funding under the SFRA.

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NJDOE Misses ‘Modest Goal’ for High School Tests

Published on: June 28, 2011

Partial results for the Alternative High School Assessment (AHSA) indicate that even more students may not graduate this June than during last year's graduation crisis that saw an estimated 3000 fail to get diplomas. ELC estimates that as many as 5000 students may not be eligible to receive diplomas on time.

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LEGISLATIVE ALTERNATIVE TO CHRISTIE BUDGET WOULD FUND ALL SCHOOLS

Published on: June 27, 2011

Senate and Assembly Democratic leadership has put forward a State budget proposal that fully funds the State school aid formula in FY2012. This alternative to Governor Christie's proposed budget would deliver aid increases required by the School Funding Reform Act (SFRA) to all school districts.

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