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ELC Files Suit over NJDOE Failure to Move on Emergent Repairs in Urban Schools

Published on: April 24, 2012

ELC has commenced legal action against the NJDOE for the agency’s failure to promptly review and approve hundreds of emergency health and safety projects in urban school buildings across the state, as required by law.

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ED HEEDS ADVOCATES AND RESCINDS POLICY ALLOWING SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO CUT SPECIAL EDUCATION FUNDS

Published on: April 15, 2012

The U.S. Department of Education rescinded a recently implemented policy that allowed school districts around the country to cut spending on special education services for students with disabilities. 

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GOVERNOR'S SCHOOL FUNDING PROPOSAL: A BAIT AND SWITCH

Published on: April 10, 2012

The OLS analysis of the NJ Department of Education's FY13 budget lays bare how Governor Christie proposes to "phase in" the 2012-13 school aid generated by his “modified” school funding formula over a five-year time frame.

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COURT ORDERS STATE TO GIVE URBAN DISTRICTS THE OPTION OF BUILDING THEIR OWN SCHOOLS

Published on: April 4, 2012

An NJ Appeals Court has ordered the SDA to quickly adopt rules to allow local urban school districts to take charge of designing and constructing new schools and repairing existing schools. 

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GOVERNOR PROPOSES USING DISCREDITED METHOD TO COUNT STUDENTS FOR STATE SCHOOL AID

Published on: April 3, 2012

Governor Christie wants the Legislature to adopt a radical change in the way students are counted for state aid. The proposed – and widely discredited – method known as “average daily attendance,” or ADA, would trigger additional funding cuts to high poverty schools.

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FUNDING SCHOOLS UNDER STATE FORMULA IS KEY TO IMPLEMENTING NJ ANTI-BULLYING LAW

Published on: March 30, 2012

In response to a pending challenge before the Council on Local Mandates, the NJ Legislature recently amended  the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights to provide $1 million in grants for bullying prevention to be made available to school districts to implement the law's requirements.

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CHRISTIE SCHOOL AID BUDGET AND THE CERF FUNDING REPORT: AN END RUN AROUND THE LEGISLATURE

Published on: March 29, 2012

The February 23 release of proposed school aid for 2012-13, backed by Acting Commissioner of Education Cerf’s “Education Funding Report,” has now made it clear: Governor Chris Christie is attempting to do an end run around the Legislature in order to impose reductions in school funding for the third year in a row. 

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STUDENTS PUT AT RISK FROM GOVERNOR’S PROPOSED SCHOOL FUNDING CUTS

Published on: March 18, 2012

Governor Chris Christie’s proposed FY13 State Budget targets New Jersey’s low-income, or “at-risk,” students for significant cuts in school funding. These cuts will fall hardest on schools across the state serving high numbers of poor students, according to an analysis by ELC.

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