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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.

BILL REQUIRING EVALUATION OF NJDOE NOW LAW

Published on: February 28, 2007

On January 29th, Governor Jon Corzine signed into law Joint Resolution No. 3 mandating the State to contract with an "independent entity" to conduct "a thorough and comprehensive evaluation" of the operations of the NJ Department of Education.

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GOVERNOR CORZINE PROPOSES EXPANDING ABBOTT PROGRAMS TO MORE LOW INCOME STUDENTS AND DISTRICTS

Published on: February 23, 2007

Governor Jon Corzine is proposing to nearly double state aid for low-income students and school districts, and will target the increase to expand implementation of New Jersey’s groundbreaking urban or "Abbott" programs.

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ABBOTT TEST SCORES HOLDING STEADY SEVERAL DISTRICTS FORGING AHEAD

Published on: February 7, 2007

Analysis of the 2006 standardized test results, released today in the State Report Card, shows that overall achievement levels in New Jersey’s high poverty "Abbott" districts are holding steady in the 4th, 8th, and 11th grades.

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NJDOE Directs Abbott Districts Not to File Instructional Improvement Plans

Published on: February 2, 2007

Just days before the February 1st due date, the NJ Department of Education told Abbott districts not to file their plans to improve curriculum and instruction for the coming school year.

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NJDOE MUST ADDRESS AUDIT DEFICIENCIES

Published on: January 30, 2007

Education Law Center (ELC) today called on State education officials to take prompt action to further investigate fiscal deficiencies identified in audits of four State-operated and supervised urban school districts, and to follow up with appropriate corrective action.

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ABBOTT LEGISLATORS WANT OUTSIDE EXPERTS TO EVALUATE NJDOE

Published on: December 11, 2006

Legislators representing Abbott school districts want outside experts, not the Commissioner of Education, to conduct a thorough, independent review of the NJ Department of Education in order to fix longstanding deficiencies in the agency’s operations and performance.

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REPORT FINDS SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITH STATE'S NEW DISTRICT MONITORING SYSTEM

Published on: November 17, 2006

The Institute on Education Law and Policy (IELP) at Rutgers-Newark recently released a report evaluating the 2006 pilot program conducted by the Department of Education (DOE) for the New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC) Act of 2005.

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DISTRICTS CAN’T APPEAL SPECIAL ED COMPLIANCE ORDERS TO COMMISSIONER

Published on: November 8, 2006

Commissioner of Education Lucille Davy has flatly rejected the effort of Lenape Regional High School District to have her Office review special education complaint investigation decisions.

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