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GOVERNOR CHRISTIE DISTORTS GRADUATION RATE NUMBERS
Published on: May 14, 2012
One week after releasing new graduation rates that his NJDOE hailed as “a more complete and accurate way of calculating the high school graduation rate,” Governor Christie ignored that data and made up his own numbers to attack the state’s urban public schools.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT NEW JERSEY’S NEW HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES
Published on: May 9, 2012
The NJDOE recently released new graduation rates for every high school and district in the state. The change was required by new federal guidelines. ELC prepared an FAQ to help explain the new graduation rates.
NJDOE ATTEMPT TO LIMIT FEDERAL FUNDING FOR NJ’S POOREST SCHOOLS SHARPLY CRITICIZED BY ELC
Published on: May 1, 2012
ELC voiced strong objection to NJDOE's additional request to the federal government for a waiver of requirements under NCLB. The latest waiver request includes a proposal to “de-couple” federal Title I funding from the “rank order” of school district poverty.
ELC Files Suit over NJDOE Failure to Move on Emergent Repairs in Urban Schools
Published on: April 24, 2012
ELC has commenced legal action against the NJDOE for the agency’s failure to promptly review and approve hundreds of emergency health and safety projects in urban school buildings across the state, as required by law.
ANNUAL AWARDS RECEPTION
Published on: April 22, 2012
Each spring, ELC hosts an awards ceremony and reception to honor individuals and organizations for their commitment to public education. The reception is also an important fundraising event.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ED HEEDS ADVOCATES AND RESCINDS POLICY ALLOWING SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO CUT SPECIAL EDUCATION FUNDS
Published on: April 15, 2012
The U.S. Department of Education rescinded a recently implemented policy that allowed school districts around the country to cut spending on special education services for students with disabilities.
GOVERNOR'S SCHOOL FUNDING PROPOSAL: A BAIT AND SWITCH
Published on: April 10, 2012
The OLS analysis of the NJ Department of Education's FY13 budget lays bare how Governor Christie proposes to "phase in" the 2012-13 school aid generated by his “modified” school funding formula over a five-year time frame.
COURT ORDERS STATE TO GIVE URBAN DISTRICTS THE OPTION OF BUILDING THEIR OWN SCHOOLS
Published on: April 4, 2012
An NJ Appeals Court has ordered the SDA to quickly adopt rules to allow local urban school districts to take charge of designing and constructing new schools and repairing existing schools.