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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.

APPEALS COURT AFFIRMS DISMISSAL OF VOUCHER SUIT

Published on: November 24, 2009

In a unanimous ruling, a New Jersey Appeals Court has affirmed a trial court’s dismissal of a lawsuit to obtain private school vouchers for students in "failing" public schools.

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NJ CHARTERS: WORTHY OF THE HYPE?

Published on: November 2, 2009

Before heading-off on yet another school reform quest, what does the evidence show about NJ charter school performance? Charters were first authorized in 1995, and we now have 76 approved charters serving students from 46 districts, with many for 5 years or more.

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URBAN SUPERINTENDENTS SEEK CHANGES IN NEW SRA GUIDELINES

Published on: October 22, 2009

New Jersey’s Urban School Superintendents have asked the Department of Education (NJDOE) to revise new guidelines for the Special Review Assessment (SRA) for the 2009-10 school year.

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TIME TO RESTORE, EXPAND, ABBOTT REFORMS

Published on: October 15, 2009

More data has been released confirming gains in achievement by New Jersey’s low income, Black and Latino students and a narrowing of the gap with affluent and White students.

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STATE MUST INTERVENE TO ELIMINATE JERSEY CITY PRE-K WAIT LIST

Published on: September 29, 2009

ELC has called on NJ Education Commissioner Lucille Davy to take immediate action to respond to a report that over 100 three- and four-year old children in Jersey City are waiting to be enrolled in the district’s Abbott preschool program.

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ELC LAUNCHES INNOVATIVE INITIATIVE TO ADVANCE QUALITY EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE

Published on: September 22, 2009

Education Law Center has launched an innovative Foster Care Initiative to provide special education representation for children in New Jersey’s foster care system.

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URBAN YOUTH RESEARCHERS REPORT ON NEW GRADUATION STANDARDS

Published on: August 25, 2009

On Aug. 22, the Urban Youth Research Initiative, including teams of youth researchers from Newark, Paterson, and Jersey City, released the findings of a statewide survey on New Jersey’s new high school graduation requirements.

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PROPOSED REGULATIONS WEAKEN PRESCHOOL EXPANSION PROGRAM

Published on: August 6, 2009

While Governor Jon Corzine continues to tout the benefits of the Abbott preschool program – benefits reconfirmed by a study released last month – the NJ Department of Education (NJDOE) has proposed new preschool regulations that pose a significant challenge to program expansion.

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