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NEW JERSEY “REWARD SCHOOLS”: REWARDING COMMUNITY AFFLUENCE, SELECTIVE ENROLLMENT
Published on: March 13, 2013
Last week, Commissioner Cerf announced a list of 57 “Reward Schools.” For the most part, these Reward Schools are located in affluent communities or are schools with high achieving students enrolled through selective screening.
DAVID KIRP TO PRESENT HIS NEW BOOK ON SUCCESS OF UNION CITY SCHOOLS
Published on: March 6, 2013
David Kirp, noted author and professor, will talk about his new book, “Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools,” about the Union City school district, on March 25 at the Bloustein School at Rutgers University.
GOVERNOR’S ELECTION YEAR BUDGET AGAIN SHORTCHANGES NJ PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Published on: March 6, 2013
For the second straight year, Governor Christie is proposing almost no increase in school aid in his FY14 State Budget. The Budget proposal would, if approved, continue the Governor’s dismal record on school funding that began in 2010-11 with his massive $1.6 billion cut.
NYC EDUCATION OFFICIALS SUED FOR SHUTTING OUT PUBLIC FROM SCHOOL SPENDING PLAN
Published on: March 4, 2013
Several New York City public school parents have filed suit against Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott and the NYC Department of Education for ongoing and persistent violations of New York’s Contract for Excellence Law. CFE, a project of Education Law Center, is representing the parents.
RAC RULES CHALLENGED ON FUNDING, STATUTORY AUTHORITY
Published on: February 27, 2013
Advocates are raising multiple concerns about the NJDOE's recently proposed – and long delayed – regulations for the newly created Regional Achievement Centers.
EQUITY COMMISSION CALLS FOR “BOLD ACTION” ON SCHOOL FUNDING AND PRESCHOOL
Published on: February 19, 2013
The federal Equity and Excellence Commission issued its report, “For Each and Every Child,”calling for “bold action by the states, and the federal government, to redesign the funding of our nation’s public schools…with sufficient resources that are distributed based on student need,” and urging “the highest national priority” for broad access to high quality preschool.
SDA ADMINISTRATIVE OVERHEAD TOPS $110 MILLION SINCE 2010
Published on: February 18, 2013
An analysis by ELC of financial records since January 2010 shows the SDA spent a total of $114 million on agency staff, office space, legal services, communications and other administrative expenses over the last three years.
OBAMA EMBRACES NJ HIGH QUALITY PRESCHOOL AS MODEL FOR THE NATION
Published on: February 14, 2013
President Obama released the details of a groundbreaking federal proposal to expand early childhood programs across the country. The President's preschool initiative closely follows NJ's Abbott program, now in its 12th year.