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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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DISTRICTS GATHER IN TRENTON TO PROTEST ANOTHER ROUND OF SCHOOL FUNDING CUTS

Published on: March 13, 2012

Parents, board members, superintendents and local officials gathered at the State House on March 8 to launch a statewide campaign to oppose Governor Christie’s proposed budget, which would, for the third year, reduce funding for public education.

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NJ ACTING COMMISSIONER CERF’S SCHOOL FUNDING REPORT: DOES IT COMPLY WITH THE LAW?

Published on: March 8, 2012

ELC has asked Attorney General Chiesa to advise NJ legislators whether Acting Commissioner Cerf's February 23 "Education Funding Report" is intended to fulfill the State’s obligation to review and adjust the school funding  formula as required by the SFRA law and the Abbott rulings.

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TENURE CHANGES SHOULD AWAIT OUTCOME OF EVALUATION PILOT

Published on: March 6, 2012

In testimony before the Senate Education Committee, ELC urged legislators to put off changes to New Jersey’s tenure law until the State’s teacher evaluation pilot program is completed.

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EDUCATION LAW CENTER, GIBBONS P.C., NEWARK PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND STATE OF NJ SETTLE DECADE-LONG CLASS ACTION

Published on: January 30, 2012

In an historic settlement, six Newark students and their parents, represented by ELC, Gibbons P.C. and Seton Hall Law School Center for Social Justice, came to an agreement with Newark Public Schools and the State of NJ that will result in major improvements in special education services in Newark.

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NEW JERSEY’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS GET HIGH MARKS ONCE AGAIN

Published on: January 25, 2012

NJ’s public schools once again received high marks in Education Week’s Quality Counts report, an annual survey of the education systems in all 50 states. NJ was ranked 6th overall.

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NJ ED COMMISSIONER FAILS TO HELP IMPROVE CAMDEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Published on: January 19, 2012

ELC has put the Acting Commissioner of Education on notice about the State’s failure to bring in outside experts to conduct an “in-depth evaluation” and develop and implement an improvement plan to address deficiencies in the Camden Public Schools, as required by QSAC.

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