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NJDOE INTENT ON CLOSING SCHOOLS SERVING STUDENTS OF COLOR

Published on: May 21, 2012

The NJDOE under Acting Commissioner Cerf is gearing up to intervene in 75 predominately Black and Latino “Priority” Schools, action that could lead to massive school closings within three years. 

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NJDOE INTENT ON CLOSING SCHOOLS SERVING STUDENTS OF COLOR

Published on: May 21, 2012

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GOVERNOR CHRISTIE'S PROPOSED FY13 SCHOOL AID BUDGET ILLEGAL

Published on: May 20, 2012

In a detailed analysis sent to the Senate and Assembly Budget Committees, ELC concludes that Governor Christie's FY13 proposal for school aid violates the NJ Constitution, state statutes and a court order, and reduces the level of school funding for all districts, not just in 2012-13, but for the next five years. 

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GOVERNOR CHRISTIE DISTORTS GRADUATION RATE NUMBERS

Published on: May 14, 2012

One week after releasing new graduation rates that his NJDOE hailed as “a more complete and accurate way of calculating the high school graduation rate,” Governor Christie ignored that data and made up his own numbers to attack the state’s urban public schools. 

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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT NEW JERSEY’S NEW HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES

Published on: May 9, 2012

The NJDOE recently released new graduation rates for every high school and district in the state. The change was required by new federal guidelines. ELC prepared an FAQ to help explain the new graduation rates. 

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NJDOE ATTEMPT TO LIMIT FEDERAL FUNDING FOR NJ’S POOREST SCHOOLS SHARPLY CRITICIZED BY ELC

Published on: May 1, 2012

ELC voiced strong objection to NJDOE's additional request to the federal government for a waiver of requirements under NCLB. The latest waiver request includes a proposal to “de-couple” federal Title I funding from the “rank order” of school district poverty. 

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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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