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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.

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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Preschool has proven long-term benefits

Published on: July 29, 2009

An ongoing research evaluation by a Rutgers University research team shows disadvantaged children attending New Jersey's preschool program are better prepared for kindergarten and perform better in early elementary grades.

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ED ADVOCATES CHALLENGE NJDOE ON SECONDARY REFORM COSTS

Published on: July 11, 2009

Despite deepening state and local budget crises, the NJ State Board of Education is set to mandate tougher high school graduation standards and new exit exams that will affect every school district in the state.

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Secretary Duncan: Keep Charters out of the Muck, Please

Published on: July 9, 2009

Secretary Arne Duncan used his speech before the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools to spotlight the “bottom 5%” of America’s public schools.

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MORE EVIDENCE LINKING ABBOTT FUNDING TO IMPROVED STUDENT OUTCOMES

Published on: July 2, 2009

Another research study has linked the additional funding provided to New Jersey’s 31 urban school districts under the landmark Abbott v. Burke school funding case to improved student outcomes.

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