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NJ ED COMMISSIONER FAILS TO HELP IMPROVE CAMDEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Published on: January 19, 2012

ELC has put the Acting Commissioner of Education on notice about the State’s failure to bring in outside experts to conduct an “in-depth evaluation” and develop and implement an improvement plan to address deficiencies in the Camden Public Schools, as required by QSAC.

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ELC ASKS USDOE TO DEFER DECISION ON NJ'S ED WAIVER APPLICATION

Published on: January 3, 2012

ELC has filed comments requesting that the US Department of Education defer decision on the NJDOE application for a waiver from NCLB until numerous concerns, including transparency and cost, are properly addressed.

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ONE YEAR AFTER INITIAL REQUEST, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RELEASES RECORDS

Published on: November 17, 2011

In response to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU-NJ on behalf of ELC, the NJDOE has released public records containing the names of outside persons brought in to review charter school applications. The documents were released nearly one year after the initial request was filed.

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ELC CALLS ON NJDOE TO DEFER AND REVAMP NCLB WAIVER APPLICATION

Published on: November 9, 2011

ELC has raised multiple concerns about the NJDOE's draft application for a waiver from various provisions of NCLB. In comments submitted on November 8, ELC urged the NJDOE to defer submission of the application from November 14 to the next application window in mid-February to address these concerns and obtain public input and support.

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Wanted, No Education Experience Necessary: School Supervisors Serving NJ's Most At-risk Students

Published on: June 13, 2011

The State Board of Education has published a new rule that would, if adopted, allow anyone with a college degree and no experience in education to serve as a chief administrator in New Jersey’s most challenging school districts.

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IS STATE DELAYING RETURN OF THE BIG THREE TO LOCAL CONTROL?

Published on: October 27, 2010

Earlier this month, the Joint Committee on the Public Schools held a hearing on implementation of legislation designed to quickly move the three State takeover districts -- Jersey City, Newark and Paterson -- back to local control.

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STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT STILL FAILING OUR STUDENTS

Published on: June 17, 2010

There's a lot of heated rhetoric these days about "failing" public schools. Education Commissioner Bret Schundler took it up a notch when his spokesperson recently called New Jersey's public school system "wretched."

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ABBOTT GOES TO PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

Published on: October 31, 2008

In 2006 he was asked to complete a black- and-white photo essay about New Jersey children educated in poor inner-city schools.

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