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NJ'S GRADUATION RATE FIRST IN THE NATION
Published on: June 27, 2012
According to Education Week's annual "Diplomas Count" report issued June 7, 2012, New Jersey's graduation rate is estimated at 87%, far above the national average of 73%. New Jersey ranks No. 1 in the nation.
NJ LEGISLATORS PROTECT FAIR SCHOOL FUNDING IN STATE BUDGET
Published on: June 26, 2012
Since Governor Christie’s FY13 budget address, supporters of public education have urged the Legislature to protect the State’s commitment to fair school funding for all New Jersey schoolchildren. It is now official – legislators passed a budget that rejects the Governor's proposed changes to NJ’s landmark school aid formula.
THE GARDEN STATE: A BEACON OF EDUCATIONAL EQUITY IN THE REGION
Published on: June 20, 2012
According to a new report released earlier this week, “Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card – 2nd Edition,” New Jersey is the most fair and equitable state in the region, if not the nation, when it comes to funding public education.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.