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REPORT SHOWS OVER ONE-THIRD OF NJ URBAN STUDENTS IN UNFIT, DILAPIDATED SCHOOL BUILDINGS
Published on: December 15, 2013
An unpublished report by the NJDOE shows at least one-third of students in urban public schools, or over 93,000 students, attend school in buildings that fail to meet basic health, safety and educational suitability standards.
TWO NEW YORK DISTRICTS CHARGE STATE SCHOOL FUNDING DISCRIMINATES AGAINST CHILDREN OF COLOR
Published on: December 12, 2013
The school districts of Schenectady and Middletown filed civil rights complaints against the State of NY with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights contending that NY’s current funding system has a discriminatory impact.
TOP 25 NJ SCHOOL DISTRICTS MOST IN NEED OF PRESCHOOL
Published on: December 11, 2013
Over 10,000 children are eligible for full-day preschool in these 25 districts, yet fewer than 1,000 children are presently served. The need for preschool in these poor communities is overwhelming.
TOP 20 WORST NEWARK SCHOOL BUILDINGS
Published on: December 2, 2013
An ELC analysis shows that, despite State control and eligibility for State funding, Newark schools remain among the state's most neglected, dilapidated and unfit for student learning.
NJ LEGISLATURE SIGNALS READINESS TO MOVE ON FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN
Published on: November 25, 2013
NJ legislators have signaled their support for the state's youngest learners by passing a bill to “establish a task force to study issues related to the establishment of full-day kindergarten.”
ELC STAFF IN THE NEWS
Published on: November 18, 2013
In recent weeks, ELC attorneys have had the opportunity to weigh in on education policy issues covered by a variety of media outlets.
SDA REFUSES TO RELEASE REPORTS ON HEALTH AND SAFETY CONDITIONS IN URBAN SCHOOL BUILDINGS
Published on: November 16, 2013
The SDA has denied an Open Public Records Act request filed by ELC to obtain the agency’s reports on the health and safety conditions in four schools badly in need of repair.
ELC SECURES COURT RULING MAINTAINING APPROPRIATE SCHOOLING FOR STUDENT WITH SEVERE DISABILITIES
Published on: November 14, 2013
A recent decision by an Administrative Law Judge has made it possible for a NJ child with severe traumatic brain injury, quadriplegia and an inability to vocalize to continue to attend the specialized school where he experienced marked success.