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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.

NJDOE URGED TO ADDRESS ILLEGAL BARRIERS TO PUBLIC EDUCATION FOR IMMIGRANT CHILDREN

Published on: September 10, 2008

The ACLU-NJ has released disturbing findings that at least 20% of New Jersey public school districts are illegally requiring Social Security numbers or immigration status as a condition of student enrollment, prompting NJDOE to issue a statement to the press vowing it "will not tolerate continued violation of the law."

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Federal District Court Denies State's Motion To Dismiss Special Education Segregation Case

Published on: July 7, 2008

The Education Law Center (ELC), together with co-plaintiffs New Jersey Protection & Advocacy, Inc. (NJP&A), the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of New Jersey (SPAN),

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$3.9 BILLION FOR SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION APPROVED

Published on: June 25, 2008

ELC applauded the NJ Legislature’s approval on Monday of $3.9 billion in bond financing for a "second wave" of school construction to replace dilapidated and outmoded school facilities in the state’s poorest communities.

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STATE PAYS TO BUILD SCHOOLS IN SUBURBS, SHUTS-OUT THE POOR

Published on: June 5, 2008

The Legislature will pay out more than $58 million for school construction projects in the upcoming State budget, mostly in the suburbs, an increase of 75% in just two years.

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ABBOTT IS BRIGHT SPOT FOR NJ POOR CHILDREN

Published on: June 4, 2008

Over the past five years, living conditions haven’t improved much for poor children in New Jersey, according to the latest Kids Count report.

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NJ MISSTEPS ON SECONDARY REFORM PLAN

Published on: April 30, 2008

On April 25, the New Jersey High School Redesign Steering Committee released its long-awaited recommendations for secondary reform in a report entitled NJ Steps: Re-designing Education in NJ for the 21st Century.

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STATE BOARD VOTES TO RETAIN ALTERNATIVE ROUTE TO GRADUATION

Published on: March 4, 2008

At its March 19 meeting, the New Jersey State Board of Education passed a resolution to retain and reform the Special Review Assessment (SRA), the alternative high school assessment used in recent years by over 10,000 students to earn a high school diploma. The resolution, which passed by an 8-0 vote:

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COURT GIVES GOVERNOR & LEGISLATURE ANOTHER CHANCE TO FUND SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION

Published on: February 19, 2008

In an order issued today, the NJ Supreme Court has given Governor Jon Corzine and the State Legislature another chance to take prompt, good faith action to approve $2.5 billion in new construction funds to restart numerous stalled school projects in Abbott districts.

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