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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.

NJ SPECIAL EDUCATION PRACTITIONERS PROTECT RIGHT OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES TO STAY IN CURRENT PROGRAMS

Published on: January 18, 2006

Shortly after the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) took effect in July 2005, the New Jersey Department of Education enacted a policy, without notice, that deprived students with disabilities of their right to "stay-put" in their current program pending disputes about proposed program changes.

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STATE BOARD REFUSES TO PROVIDE ABBOTT REMEDIES TO RURAL DISTRICTS - DISTRICTS TO FILE APPEAL

Published on: January 8, 2006

The NJ State Board of Education has ruled that students in 16 rural districts are not receiving a "thorough and efficient" education under the state school funding law, known as the Comprehensive Education and Improvement Financing Act (CEIFA).

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NEW JERSEY CONTINUES TO LEAD IN SCHOOL FUNDING EQUITY

Published on: January 7, 2006

For the second year in a row, New Jersey has been identified as a national leader in providing equitable school funding for poor and minority students in a report issued by the Washington, DC-based Education Trust.

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IRVINGTON SETTLES STUDENT’S ABBOTT CLAIMS WILL DEVELOP INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PLAN

Published on: January 5, 2006

The Irvington school district has settled a high school student’s lawsuit by agreeing to develop and implement an individualized plan to ensure he receives the education programs and support services required by the NJ Supreme Court’s landmark Abbott v. Burke rulings.

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STATE BOARD ADOPTS RULES ON STUDENT CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE

Published on: September 26, 2005

The NJ State Board of Education has adopted regulations governing student discipline and conduct in New Jersey public schools. The rules are designed to address the wide variation in disciplinary practices throughout the state, and to provide basic standards all districts must follow.

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ELC URGES STATE BOARD TO REWORK REGULATIONS ON STUDENT CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE

Published on: April 6, 2005

In comments submitted to the New Jersey State Board of Education, ELC has asked the State Board to delay approval for publication of regulations governing student discipline and the conduct of students in schools until serious deficiencies in the proposal are corrected.

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NJ SUPREME COURT ISSUES DECISION IN LANDMARK BULLYING CASE

Published on: March 5, 2005

In L.W., the Supreme Court unanimously affirmed an appellate court ruling that school districts may be liable for damages and other relief under New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination (LAD) for student-on-student harassment based on actual or perceived sexual orientation.

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FUNDING BOOST RECOMMENDED FOR NEW YORK CITY SCHOOLS

Published on: December 2, 2004

A Court-appointed panel of special masters in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity school finance case has recommended that the State of New York increase funding to improve education programs for 1.2 million New York City students, and to upgrade facilities.

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