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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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DAVID KIRP TO PRESENT HIS NEW BOOK ON SUCCESS OF UNION CITY SCHOOLS

Published on: March 6, 2013

David Kirp, noted author and professor, will talk about his new book, “Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools,” about the Union City school district, on March 25 at the Bloustein School at Rutgers University.

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RAC RULES CHALLENGED ON FUNDING, STATUTORY AUTHORITY

Published on: February 27, 2013

Advocates are raising multiple concerns about the NJDOE's recently proposed – and long delayed – regulations for the newly created Regional Achievement Centers. 

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ADVOCATES PRESS STATE BOARD TO EXPAND PUBLIC INPUT, SLOW RUSH TO DEREGULATION

Published on: January 22, 2013

On January 16, several dozen education advocacy organizations mobilized at the NJ State Board of Education meeting, demanding that the Board change its recently adopted procedures for public input.

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COURT REFUSES TO DISMISS NEWARK LOCAL CONTROL APPEAL

Published on: December 17, 2012

In late November, an Appellate Court rejected a motion by Commissioner Cerf to dismiss the appeal filed by the Newark Advisory Board and parents seeking to return governance of the district to the elected school board. 

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