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NJ CHARTERS: WORTHY OF THE HYPE?
Published on: November 2, 2009
Before heading-off on yet another school reform quest, what does the evidence show about NJ charter school performance? Charters were first authorized in 1995, and we now have 76 approved charters serving students from 46 districts, with many for 5 years or more.
URBAN SUPERINTENDENTS SEEK CHANGES IN NEW SRA GUIDELINES
Published on: October 22, 2009
New Jersey’s Urban School Superintendents have asked the Department of Education (NJDOE) to revise new guidelines for the Special Review Assessment (SRA) for the 2009-10 school year.
TIME TO RESTORE, EXPAND, ABBOTT REFORMS
Published on: October 15, 2009
More data has been released confirming gains in achievement by New Jersey’s low income, Black and Latino students and a narrowing of the gap with affluent and White students.
STATE MUST INTERVENE TO ELIMINATE JERSEY CITY PRE-K WAIT LIST
Published on: September 29, 2009
ELC has called on NJ Education Commissioner Lucille Davy to take immediate action to respond to a report that over 100 three- and four-year old children in Jersey City are waiting to be enrolled in the district’s Abbott preschool program.
ELC LAUNCHES INNOVATIVE INITIATIVE TO ADVANCE QUALITY EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE
Published on: September 22, 2009
Education Law Center has launched an innovative Foster Care Initiative to provide special education representation for children in New Jersey’s foster care system.
URBAN YOUTH RESEARCHERS REPORT ON NEW GRADUATION STANDARDS
PROPOSED REGULATIONS WEAKEN PRESCHOOL EXPANSION PROGRAM
Published on: August 6, 2009
While Governor Jon Corzine continues to tout the benefits of the Abbott preschool program – benefits reconfirmed by a study released last month – the NJ Department of Education (NJDOE) has proposed new preschool regulations that pose a significant challenge to program expansion.
Preschool has proven long-term benefits
Published on: July 29, 2009
An ongoing research evaluation by a Rutgers University research team shows disadvantaged children attending New Jersey's preschool program are better prepared for kindergarten and perform better in early elementary grades.