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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.

THE RIGHT WAY TO COMPARE NJ EDUCATION FUNDING -- 2010-11

Published on: May 5, 2011

In a school year marked by drastic cuts in state aid, NJ's poorest districts saw the largest decline in per pupil funding.

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SPECIAL EDUCATION FUNDING STUDY MANDATED BY SFRA NEARLY ONE YEAR OVERDUE

Published on: May 4, 2011

Education Law Center, representing the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN), filed a legal brief this week with the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, challenging the Commissioner of Education's failure to comply with a statutory mandate to complete an independent study of New Jersey's current special education funding method.

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PRESIDENT OBAMA GETS IT RIGHT: VOUCHERS WILL HURT, NOT IMPROVE, PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Published on: March 31, 2011

Support is fading fast in the NJ Legislature for a bill that would divert public funds to subsidize private and religious schools through so-called "vouchers." The non-partisan Office of Legislative Services (OLS) recently confirmed that the 40,000 vouchers proposed in the bill would result in the loss of almost $850 million from the State Treasury.

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AHSA Scores Show Modest Gains

Published on: March 28, 2011

The NJ Department of Education has released results of the AHSA given last December to over 10,000 seniors. The results indicate some modest improvement in passing rates and continued concerns.

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Supreme Court Accelerates School Funding Case

Published on: March 24, 2011

The NJ Supreme Court has issued an order accelerating the schedule for the Justices' consideration of the constitutionality of the school aid cuts in 2010-11.

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SPECIAL MASTER FINDS THAT STATE AID CUTS UNDERMINE "T&E"

Published on: March 22, 2011

The Education Law Center (ELC) issued the following statement regarding the ruling today by Judge Peter E. Doyne, the Special Master appointed by the NJ Supreme Court to conduct a remand hearing on the State's underfunding of the school aid formula in 2010-11.

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GOVERNOR'S FY12 BUDGET AGAIN GOES "OFF FORMULA," IGNORING STUDENTS' FUNDING NEEDS

Published on: March 7, 2011

For the second straight year, Governor Chris Christie's proposal for K-12 state aid ignores the legal requirements of the State's school funding formula, depriving over one-third of NJ districts of the funding necessary to deliver the Core Curriculum Content Standards to students, particularly those at risk of academic failure.

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NJ EDUCATORS RELEASE REPORT ON TENURE, TEACHER EVALUATION

Published on: March 2, 2011

EQuATE, a group of NJ educators formed in response to Governor Christie's Executive Order on NJ Educator Effectiveness, has issued a report with a series of recommendations on tenure reform and teacher evaluation.

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