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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.

BUDGET LANGUAGE UNDERMINES COURT ORDER ON ABBOTT REGULATIONS

Published on: July 12, 2006

The FY2007 State Budget Act, adopted by the Legislature and signed by Governor Corzine on July 8th, again permits the Education Commissioner to write the Abbott regulations for 2006-07 behind closed doors, and then adopt the rules without any accountability to urban education stakeholders, citizens and taxpayers.

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Making Abbott reform more fruitful

Published on: June 30, 2006

In 1998, the state Supreme Court in the landmark Abbott vs. Burke case ordered a historic package of
funding and programs to reverse decades of neglect of our urban public schools.

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LOSS OF ABBOTT AID WOULD DEVASTATE URBAN SCHOOLS

Published on: June 27, 2006

Some legislators are proposing to remove all Abbott funding from public schools in 12 urban communities, totaling $434 million in state aid.

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COMMISSIONER DELAYS RELIEF TO NJ RURAL STUDENTS

Published on: June 23, 2006

In a Report to the NJ State Board of Education , Acting Commissioner of Education Lucille Davy declined to address the specific needs of school children in 16 poor South Jersey districts, even though the State Board has declared the current school funding law unconstitutional as applied to those districts.

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ELC ADVOCATES ON BEHALF OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES IN NEWARK

Published on: June 9, 2006

ELC, along with the Center for Social Justice at Seton Hall University School of Law and the Gibbons Fellowship in Public Interest and Constitutional Law at Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione, P.C., is advocating on behalf of children with disabilities in Newark who have been denied appropriate special education services.

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FACILITIES CONFERENCE REVIEWS STATUS OF NJ'S SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM

Published on: June 9, 2006

Progress and challenges ahead were the focus of the keynote address given by Scott Weiner, Transitional Chief Executive Officer of the Schools Construction Corporation at the School Facilities Conference at Rutgers University on June 6th attended by over 150 people.

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STATE DELAYS DECIDING DISTRICTS' FUNDING APPEALS

Published on: June 7, 2006

In its May 9th order in the Abbott v. Burke case, the NJ Supreme Court approved Governor Jon Corzine’s request to hold funding flat in the state’s high poverty urban school districts in 2006-07.

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NJDOE ABBOTT PLAN AND BUDGET DUE OCTOBER 9TH

Published on: June 6, 2006

Under the FY 2007 Appropriations Act, P.L. 2006, c. 45 (July 8, 2006), DOE has until October 9, 2006 to prepare a statewide plan and budget for the implementation of the Abbott remedies. Consistent with prior Supreme Court mandates, the Legislature is requiring that DOE:

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