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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.

ADVOCACY GROUPS SUPPORT NJ ED DEPARTMENT EFFORTS TO ENSURE EDUCATION FOR IMMIGRANT CHILDREN, URGE ADDITIONAL STEPS

Published on: November 4, 2010

The American Civil Liberties Union of NJ (ACLU) and the NJ Immigration Policy Network (NJIPN) submitted a letter to Acting Commissioner of Education Rochelle Hendricks on November 1 commending her for reminding school districts that "domicile and age are the only factors to determine eligibility for a free public education."

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IS STATE DELAYING RETURN OF THE BIG THREE TO LOCAL CONTROL?

Published on: October 27, 2010

Earlier this month, the Joint Committee on the Public Schools held a hearing on implementation of legislation designed to quickly move the three State takeover districts -- Jersey City, Newark and Paterson -- back to local control.

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GOVERNOR'S CONSTRUCTION SHUTDOWN LEAVES CHILDREN TRAPPED IN CRUMBLING SCHOOLS

Published on: September 22, 2010

As Governor Christie's order to stop school construction reached its 10th month, there is no relief in sight for thousands of public school children trapped in crumbling, outmoded, and overcrowded school buildings in New Jersey's poorest neighborhoods.

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NEW LAW AIMS FOR EDUCATIONAL STABILITY FOR CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE

Published on: September 21, 2010

On September 9, 2010, Governor Christie signed into law a bill to promote educational stability for children in foster care.

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Stakeholders Seek To Prevent Repeat of Graduation Turmoil

Published on: August 25, 2010

A stakeholder group convened by ELC has presented recommendations to the NJ Department of Education (NJDOE) designed to avoid a repeat of the turmoil that surrounded last year's Alternative High School Assessment (AHSA).

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PROGRESS TOWARD UNIVERSAL PRESCHOOL SLOWING

Published on: August 5, 2010

In 2009-10, over 9,000 eligible 3- and 4-year-olds in the Abbott districts were not enrolled in preschool. Despite initial gains, progress toward universal enrollment in these districts has slowed in recent years, according to a report released by Education Law Center on August 5.

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FOLLOW NEW JERSEY: CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS OFFER BLUEPRINT FOR REAL REFORM

Published on: July 28, 2010

New Jersey figures prominently in a new, comprehensive blueprint for reform released by a number of leading civil rights organizations designed to ensure all public school students have the opportunity to achieve high academic standards.

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NJ SHOULD JOIN OTHER STATES IN REJECTING VOUCHER BILL

Published on: July 13, 2010

Growing opposition has stalled the voucher bill, aka the "Opportunity Scholarship Act," in the NJ Legislature.

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