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ELC PUSHES NJ COMMISSIONER TO FILE LONG OVERDUE PROGRESS REPORTS ON STATE TAKEOVER DISTRICTS

Published on: October 14, 2013

NJ Education Commissioner Cerf has failed to file annual reports for the last three years with the Legislature’s oversight committee on State operation of the Newark, Paterson and Jersey City public schools.

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NJDOE SEEKS TO ELIMINATE CRITICAL SUPPORTS FOR AT-RISK STUDENTS

Published on: July 15, 2013

In a radical change to longstanding practice, the NJDOE is proposing to end the requirement that school districts provide quality, needs-based alternative education settings for at-risk students who are removed from general education. 

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APPELLATE DECISION AFFIRMS COMMISSIONER’S DECISION NOT TO RETURN LOCAL CONTROL TO NEWARK ADVISORY BOARD

Published on: July 8, 2013

A three judge panel in the Appellate Division of NJ Superior Court affirmed Commissioner Cerf's July 2011 decision not to return local control of personnel and governance to the Newark Advisory Board. 

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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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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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NEW REPORT SAYS REFORM RHETORIC TRUMPS REALITY

Published on: April 22, 2013

Top-down pressure from federal education policies is making a popular set of market-oriented education “reforms” look more like the new status quo than real reform, according to a new report from the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education. 

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NJ DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION'S NEW SCHOOL PERFORMANCE REPORTS "SIGNIFICANTLY LAGGING"

Published on: April 21, 2013

The NJDOE recently released their new School Performance Reports. Unlike the School Report Cards, which they replace, the new reports are dense, confusing and needlessly complex. NJ school administrators have already raised serious concerns about inaccurate data and the convoluted and controversial school “peer rankings.” 

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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. 

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