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STATE'S CHARTER EXPANSION REGULATIONS UNDER CHALLENGE BY ELC

Published on: June 20, 2013

In a recently filed brief, ELC argues that Commissioner Cerf and the State Board of Education exceeded their authority under the state’s charter school law by opening the door to a significant increase in the number of charter schools located in NJ's high poverty, high minority school districts.  

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COMMISSIONER AGREES NJDOE FAILED TO PROMPTLY ADDRESS EMERGENT SCHOOL BUILDING REPAIRS

Published on: June 18, 2013

In a recent decision, Commissioner Cerf agreed with an Administrative Law Judge that the Office of School Facilities in the Department of Education failed to comply with state law requiring prompt action to expedite repairs of emergent conditions in high poverty “SDA districts.” 

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BROAD CONSENSUS ON ASSEMBLY BILL TO AMEND NJ CHARTER SCHOOL LAW

Published on: June 11, 2013

The Assembly Education Committee took a significant step forward in the process of updating and improving New Jersey’s 1995 charter school law when bill A4177 was introduced recently.

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COURT RULING VINDICATES PARENTS' RIGHT TO HAVE INPUT ON NYC DOE SCHOOL SPENDING PLAN

Published on: June 9, 2013

New York public school parents scored a victory in a State Supreme Court decision ordering the City Department of Education to hold timely borough-wide Contract for Excellence public hearings for the 2013-14 school year and future years.

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ELC’S LAWSUIT LEADS STATE TO RETURN CONTROL OF FISCAL MANAGEMENT TO NEWARK ADVISORY BOARD

Published on: June 5, 2013

The return of fiscal management to the district is long overdue. But the district also achieved the necessary benchmarks in personnel and governance, so those areas must be returned as well. 

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SIX STEPS TO ACHIEVE FAIRNESS FOR STUDENTS IN THE FY14 EDUCATION BUDGET

Published on: May 30, 2013

For the fourth year in a row, Governor Christie’s proposed budget for public education seriously shortchanges New Jersey’s 1.3 million public school students. Once again it is up to legislators to revise the FY14 State Budget to address pressing student and school needs.

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NY STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT COMPLICIT IN CITY’S VIOLATION OF PARENT INPUT LAW

Published on: May 28, 2013

New York City public school parents have turned the spotlight on State Education Commissioner King and the New York State Education Department, charging that the state, like the city, has violated the Contract for Excellence law.

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“Seize the Moment!” Wade Henderson Urges Educational Equity

Published on: May 21, 2013

Wade Henderson, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, was recently honored by ELC with the Education Justice Award for national leadership in educational equity. Mr. Henderson also delivered ELC’s annual Education Justice Lecture.

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