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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.

GRAD RATE REPORT IS GOOD NEWS TO BUILD ON

Published on: June 9, 2011

Education Week's latest "Diplomas Count" report on high school graduation rates contains good news about NJ public schools. It’s a sharp contrast to the drumbeat of negativity about public education that’s been coming from Governor Chris Christie in recent months.

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FUNDING BELOW-ADEQUACY SCHOOL DISTRICTS: NOT A MOMENT TOO SOON FOR NJ'S AT-RISK STUDENTS

Published on: June 8, 2011

Leaders in the NJ State Senate may propose increasing state aid in the FY12 budget in order to fund districts spending below the level determined to be "adequate" under the State school aid formula.

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SUPREME COURT DECISION SUPPORTS SFRA -- NOW FUND ALL DISTRICTS

Published on: May 24, 2011

The NJ Supreme Court ruled in today’s decision that the State’s failure to fund the School Funding Reform Act (SFRA) caused “instructionally consequential and significant” harm to at-risk students in districts across the state.

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TIME TO OVERHAUL NJ'S CHARTER SCHOOL LAW

Published on: May 16, 2011

Charter schools, along with private school vouchers, are the centerpiece of Governor Christie's education "reform" agenda.

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STATE FINDS ADDITIONAL SPECIAL EDUCATION VIOLATIONS IN PATERSON

Published on: May 9, 2011

As a result of a complaint filed by Education Law Center (ELC) on December 28, 2010, the NJ Department of Education (NJDOE) has directed the Paterson school district to provide speech-language services to 43 elementary school students at Paterson's School Number 2. 

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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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