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AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH...OR HOW GOVERNOR CHRISTIE IS WRONG ON NJ’S SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULA

Published on: September 21, 2011

Governor Christie heaps criticism on New Jersey’s school funding formula every chance he gets. We expose the myths most often repeated by the Governor and provide the real facts about New Jersey’s unique method of funding public education.

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NJDOE TO IMPLEMENT NEW FORMULA FOR MEASURING HIGH SCHOOL GRAD RATES

Published on: September 19, 2011

New Jersey’s officially reported high school graduation rates are about to change. This fall the NJDOE will begin implementing a new federally-mandated formula for calculating graduation rates. The new formula will change how the rates are measured, rather than reflect any sudden change in the number of students earning diplomas.

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PRE-K FUNDING INCREASED TO COMPLY WITH ABBOTT COURT ORDER

Published on: September 17, 2011

The NJDOE notified the state’s poor urban districts of a $7.9 million increase in preschool education aid in FY12, ensuring the Christie Administration’s full compliance with the NJ Supreme Court’s May 2011 order in the landmark Abbott v. Burke education equity litigation.

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WISCONSIN LEADS THE NATION IN CUTTING SCHOOL FUNDING

Published on: September 15, 2011

Wisconsin has found its way back to the top of a list about public education, and it's not a good thing for kids, schools, or their communities. According to a study, the Badger State cut the most per-student public school aid in the country, comparing the 2011 fiscal year to the 2012 fiscal year.

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ELC Guide “The Right to Special Education in NJ” Now Available in Spanish

Published on: September 7, 2011

In an effort to provide increased access to information about special education, the ELC publication, “The Right to Special Education in New Jersey: A Guide for Advocates,” has been translated into Spanish. The translation was facilitated by the law firm Skadden Arps.

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NEWARK SCHOOL CLOSURE: STATE SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION SHUTDOWN CONTINUES TO PUT STUDENTS IN HARM'S WAY

Published on: September 6, 2011

For the second time in 18 months, the Newark school district has issued an emergency order closing the Wilson Avenue school and causing the reassignment of approximately 800, first-to-eighth grade students to schools outside their Ironbound neighborhood.

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STATE FINDS LACK OF SPECIAL EDUCATION STAFF IN ANOTHER PATERSON SCHOOL

Published on: September 1, 2011

As a result of a complaint filed by ELC, the NJDOE has directed the Paterson school district to provide additional special education instruction to 39 students in School Number 10. This is the third finding that Paterson’s inadequate staffing for the 2010-2011 school year has led to the denial of special education and related services to students with disabilities.

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WHAT?! HANUSHEK SHOWS UP AGAIN?

Published on: September 1, 2011

When parents and school districts go to court trying to win fair funding for under-resourced schools, Dr. Rick Hanushek, an economist at the conservative Hoover Institution, usually gets a phone call. State defendants pay him to testify as an expert witness in lawsuits, but the money would probably be better spent on educating kids.

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