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ELC Fights Arbitrary Graduation Decisions on Behalf of Students and Families
Published on: July 25, 2011
Over the past few months, ELC attorneys helped numerous parents and high school seniors resolve a variety of attempts by school districts across New Jersey to prevent students from graduating, force students to graduate prematurely, and deny participation in graduation ceremonies.
ELC CONTINUES PUSH FOR ADEQUATE SPECIAL EDUCATION STAFF AND SERVICES IN PATERSON
Published on: July 19, 2011
ELC has filed an additional complaint with the NJDOE regarding the lack of special education and related services for Paterson students in 2010-11, caused by a hiring and spending freeze ordered by the NJDOE in September. The latest complaint concerns School Number 10, which serves children in kindergarten through eighth grade.
GOVERNOR BLOCKS FAIR SCHOOL FUNDING FOR ALL DISTRICTS
Published on: July 11, 2011
Governor Christie's line item veto of the FY12 State Budget approved by the Legislature brought an abrupt halt to the grassroots effort to restore the Governor's massive $1.6 billion cut in school aid in 2010-11. Advocates will be looking to secure funds in the FY13 State Budget to move all remaining districts to full funding under the SFRA.
NJDOE Misses ‘Modest Goal’ for High School Tests
Published on: June 28, 2011
Partial results for the Alternative High School Assessment (AHSA) indicate that even more students may not graduate this June than during last year's graduation crisis that saw an estimated 3000 fail to get diplomas. ELC estimates that as many as 5000 students may not be eligible to receive diplomas on time.
LEGISLATIVE ALTERNATIVE TO CHRISTIE BUDGET WOULD FUND ALL SCHOOLS
Published on: June 27, 2011
Senate and Assembly Democratic leadership has put forward a State budget proposal that fully funds the State school aid formula in FY2012. This alternative to Governor Christie's proposed budget would deliver aid increases required by the School Funding Reform Act (SFRA) to all school districts.
LESSONS FROM GEORGIA AND WISCONSIN: NJ VOUCHER BILL WILL LEAD TO WASTE, ABUSE AND SEGREGATION
Published on: June 16, 2011
New Jersey lawmakers should pay close attention to the experiences of Georgia and Wisconsin. Both states have enacted voucher schemes that have made news lately as researchers document the waste, abuse and student segregation caused by these programs.
CHARTER SCHOOL REFORM BILL ADVANCES
Published on: June 16, 2011
Recently, Assembly Education Committee members overwhelmingly voted to support proposed legislation to improve accountability and oversight of New Jersey’s charter schools.
Wanted, No Education Experience Necessary: School Supervisors Serving NJ's Most At-risk Students
Published on: June 13, 2011
The State Board of Education has published a new rule that would, if adopted, allow anyone with a college degree and no experience in education to serve as a chief administrator in New Jersey’s most challenging school districts.