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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 CREATES AHSA APPEALS PROCESS, THOUSANDS STILL AT RISK

Published on: May 25, 2010

Responding to increasing pressure over its mishandling of a new graduation test, the NJ Department of Education has created a last-minute "appeals process" for students at risk of not graduating because of their scores on the Alternate High School Assessment (AHSA).

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VOUCHER OPPONENTS OUT IN FORCE AT SENATE COMMITTEE MEETING

Published on: May 13, 2010

A large crowd descended on the State House Annex in Trenton to voice strong opposition to Senator Raymond Lesniak's voucher bill (S1872, "Opportunity Scholarship Act"). The bill was taken up by the Senate Economic Growth Committee, chaired by Senator Lesniak.

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LET'S FOLLOW THE LEAD OF ILLINOIS LEGISLATORS AND DUMP VOUCHER BILL

Published on: May 11, 2010

Last week, a bill to establish a taxpayer-funded program to provide vouchers for a limited number of students in "failing" Chicago public schools to attend private and religious schools was decisively defeated in the Illinois State Legislature.

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NJDOE FLUNKS AHSA TEST, BUT THOUSANDS OF SENIORS WILL PAY

Published on: May 11, 2010

Thousands of high school seniors will not graduate next month unless Education Commissioner Bret Schundler and the NJ Department of Education (NJDOE) move quickly to correct the Department's mishandling of the new Alternate High School Assessment (AHSA).

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MR. CHRISTIE GOES TO WASHINGTON PUSHING EVEN MORE CUTS TO NJ PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Published on: May 3, 2010

Today, Governor Christopher Christie will give the keynote address at a Washington, D.C. summit of groups promoting private school vouchers.

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STUDY FINDS 40% OF ALTERNATIVE TEST STUDENTS GO ON TO COLLEGE

Published on: April 20, 2010

Joint Press Release From the Institute on Education Law and Policy at Rutgers, Education Law Center, the CUNY Graduate Center and Newark's Project GRAD.

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AHSA RESULTS PUT JUNE GRADUATION AT RISK FOR THOUSANDS

Published on: April 15, 2010

In an April 13 letter Education Law Center asked Commissioner Bret Schundler to set aside the results of last January's Alternate High School Assessment (AHSA) after preliminary reports showed high failure rates that threaten June graduation prospects for thousands of seniors.

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START THE RACE!

Published on: April 15, 2010

Though New Jersey did not receive funding in Phase I of the federal Race to the Top (RTTT) grant competition, taking part in the process proved to be useful for the State's chances in Phase II. Though New Jersey did not receive funding in Phase I of the federal Race to the Top (RTTT) grant competition, taking part in the process proved to be useful for the State's chances in Phase II.

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