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SDA IGNORES LAW AGAIN PROMPTING ELC LAWSUIT OVER SCHOOL PROJECT DELEGATION RULES

Published on: June 11, 2012

The SDA continues to defy a clear legal mandate to put in place rules permitting urban districts to take full control over their school construction projects, forcing ELC to file its second lawsuit to compel compliance.

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LEGALLY FLAWED CHARTER REGULATIONS MUST BE FLATLY REJECTED

Published on: June 5, 2012

In testimony submitted to the State Board of Education, ELC declared that proposed changes by the NJDOE to New Jersey’s existing charter school regulations were fundamentally inconsistent with the state’s current charter law and should be flatly rejected.

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ACTING COMMISSIONER AGAIN REVIEWING NEWARK QSAC SCORES

Published on: May 29, 2012

Acting Commissioner Cerf has directed a second “full” review, in less than a year, of the Newark school district’s performance under QSAC, at the same time as a lawsuit is pending that challenges his refusal to withdraw from the four areas in which the district is high performing.

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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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