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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.

RED BANK AND FREEHOLD BOROUGH: THE REAL STORY ON SCHOOL FUNDING

Published on: October 26, 2011

Acting Commissioner of Education Christopher Cerf and area legislators visited two Monmouth county school districts last week: Red Bank and Freehold Borough. Educators there raised concerns over the State's failure to fully fund these districts under the SFRA, NJ's school funding formula.

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ELC SUPPORTS FULL FUNDING FOR STUDENTS IN RURAL DISTRICTS

Published on: October 24, 2011

ELC has filed an amicus brief in support of the 16 poor rural districts represented in the longstanding case, Bacon v. NJ Department of Education. The districts recently returned to court to obtain full funding under the State’s school aid formula.

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NJ JOBS NOW: RESTART SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION

Published on: October 14, 2011

Governor Christie could put thousands of New Jersey’s construction workers, architects, engineers and building suppliers back to work right now simply by giving the go ahead to start school construction projects that have already been designed, developed and approved by the DOE and the SDA.

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SDA LETS CAMDEN AUTHORITY USE SHOVEL-READY SCHOOL SITE FOR HOSPITAL PROJECT

Published on: October 12, 2011

ELC has filed a formal request with the Attorney General's Office of Fiscal Integrity in School Construction and the State Comptroller to investigate a November 2010 agreement between the SDA and the Camden County Improvement Authority to permit the Authority to use land designated for the new Lanning Square elementary school as a "staging area" for a Cooper Hospital expansion project adjacent to the site.

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NEWARK PARENTS DEMAND THAT WILSON SCHOOL BE FIXED, REOPENED

Published on: October 6, 2011

Parents of students displaced from the Wilson Avenue School in Newark’s Ironbound section are demanding that the NJDOE, SDA, and the Newark Public Schools begin emergency repairs to reopen the school as quickly as possible. The committee has also turned to the Foundation for Newark's Future for emergency funding.

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NJDOE KEEPS CHARTER REVIEW PROCESS SHROUDED IN SECRECY

Published on: October 5, 2011

It came as a big surprise when Acting Commissioner Christopher Cerf recently announced the approval of only four new charters out of 60 in the latest round of charter applications. Was this decision connected with a more rigorous review process or the current election season?

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USDOE URGED TO RESCIND POLICY GIVING SCHOOL DISTRICTS THE GREEN LIGHT TO CUT SPECIAL EDUCATION FUNDS

Published on: September 29, 2011

In a sharply worded letter, ELC is calling on the U.S. Department of Education to immediately rescind a newly issued policy allowing school districts to cut spending on special education services to students with disabilities.

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NEW JERSEY’S POOR RURAL SCHOOLS SEEK FULL FORMULA FUNDING

Published on: September 26, 2011

Sixteen poor rural districts, known as "Bacon" districts, have returned to court seeking an order directing the State to provide full funding for 2011-12 under NJ's school aid formula. The districts are asking the NJ Superior Court, Appellate Division to enforce a March 2008 ruling.

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