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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 Continues to Fund School Projects in Suburbs, While Leaving Poor Districts Stranded

Published on: November 1, 2007

State support for school building projects in New Jersey’s high wealth and middle income suburban districts continues to increase, even as the State refuses to fund numerous stalled building projects in poor districts, according to an Education Law Center analysis released today.

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KPMG: NJ ED DEPARTMENT HAS SERIOUS PROBLEMS

Published on: October 16, 2007

A recently released evaluation of the NJ Department of Education by the national management firm of KPMG calls into serious question the agency’s ability to fulfill its responsibilities.

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COMMISSIONER ASKED TO DECIDE IF PLEASANTVILLE BOARD MEMBERS SHOULD STEP ASIDE

Published on: October 15, 2007

Parents and community leaders in Pleasantville are demanding that two Pleasantville school board members arrested on corruption charges last month resign in order to restore public confidence in the district.

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New Jersey's Special Review Assessment: Loophole Or Lifeline?

Published on: August 22, 2007

Eliminating the Special Review Assessment (SRA) could dramatically raise dropout rates and threaten New Jersey's claim to having one of the nation's best high school graduation rates, according to a new report  on the state's alternative route to a high school diploma.

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ABBOTT CITIES AGAIN REQUIRED TO PAY MORE FOR SCHOOLS

Published on: July 27, 2007

For the second straight year, the State Budget requires urban or "Abbott" municipalities to maintain a fixed level of local property tax revenue for their schools, and mandates those cities below that level to pay more for public education.

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ELC FILES SUIT TO COMPEL STATE TO EVALUATE ABBOTT AND SET PROGRESS BENCHMARKS

Published on: July 10, 2007

Education Law Center has filed suit seeking to compel the State Education Department to fulfill a longstanding Supreme Court mandate to evaluate the Abbott reforms and set progress benchmarks for Abbott districts.

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NJ LEGISLATURE PASSES SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION REFORM, BUT WITHOUT FUNDING

Published on: June 27, 2007

Just before recessing for the summer, State lawmakers approved legislation to reform the school construction program, but failed to provide the additional funding needed to restart numerous school construction projects in urban and other communities.

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FIVE NEW JERSEY ORGANIZATIONS AWARDED GRANT FOR COMMUNITY EDUCATION ORGANIZING CAMPAIGN

Published on: June 7, 2007

Communities for Public Education Reform, a national coalition of educational organizations, recently awarded a grant of $2.3 million to organizations across the US that want to increase parental involvement in public school reform efforts.

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