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NJ COULD HAVE OVER 130 CHARTER SCHOOLS, NOT 87
Published on: October 15, 2014
Following the revelation by the Attorney General that NJ has many more charter schools than the 87 in the DOE's official count, a preliminary investigation by ELC shows that the number of operating charter schools is well over 100 and could exceed 130.
NJDOE EFFORT TO BYPASS SAFEGUARDS IN CHARTER LAW CHALLENGED BEFORE APPEALS COURT
Published on: October 9, 2014
ELC’s pending challenge to the NJDOE's attempt to circumvent basic safeguards in NJ’s charter school law was argued this week before a panel of Appellate Judges in Newark.
NEWARK CONTINUES TO DELAY SERVICES TO HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES, PROMPTING STATE ACTION
Published on: October 1, 2014
Over two and half years after a court-ordered settlement, a July 2014 compliance report again shows almost no progress by Newark Public Schools NPS in improving the delivery of services to students with disabilities.
PARCC BRINGS MAJOR EXPANSION OF TESTING FOR NJ HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Published on: September 23, 2014
The start of the school year has put the spotlight on the new PARCC tests that NJ students will take next spring. But less attention has been given to the major increases in high school testing that are part of these changes.
THE RIGHT TO A SOUND BASIC EDUCATION: A PRIMER ON THE NY “SMALL CITIES” CASE
Published on: September 22, 2014
ELC recently joined the legal team representing the Plaintiff students and parents in the “Small Cities” case, challenging the State's failure to provide essential educational resources in 8 NY school districts.
NJ RURAL STUDENTS FILE LAWSUIT FOR FAIR FUNDING AND PRESCHOOL
Published on: September 15, 2014
Students and districts in 16 rural communities have filed a complaint to enforce a 2009 NJDOE order for K-12 school funding and high quality preschool under the SFRA, the state’s landmark weighted funding formula.
WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE CHARTER CHAINS THAT WILL EDUCATE CAMDEN CHILDREN?
Published on: August 15, 2014
Camden families must become knowledgeable about the Mastery and Uncommon charter chains now that Governor Christie has given them a pivotal role in the education of the city's school children.
ELC CALLS ON STATE TO ASSESS EFFECT OF NJ CHARTERS ON SEGREGATION AND SCHOOL FUNDING
Published on: August 13, 2014
In recently filed comments, ELC is calling on the NJDOE to issue rules requiring the State Education Commissioner to assess the impact of NJ charter schools on both student segregation and local school district budgets.