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Preschool

OBAMA EMBRACES NJ HIGH QUALITY PRESCHOOL AS MODEL FOR THE NATION

Published on: February 14, 2013

President Obama released the details of a groundbreaking federal proposal to expand early childhood programs across the country. The President's preschool initiative closely follows NJ's Abbott program, now in its 12th year.

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PRE-K FUNDING INCREASED TO COMPLY WITH ABBOTT COURT ORDER

Published on: September 17, 2011

The NJDOE notified the state’s poor urban districts of a $7.9 million increase in preschool education aid in FY12, ensuring the Christie Administration’s full compliance with the NJ Supreme Court’s May 2011 order in the landmark Abbott v. Burke education equity litigation.

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PATERSON PRE-K CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES DEMAND SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

Published on: November 19, 2010

A hiring freeze imposed by the NJ Department of Education (NJDOE) on the Paterson school district has resulted in hundreds of preschoolers with disabilities not receiving the special education and related services to which they are entitled under state and federal law.

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PROGRESS TOWARD UNIVERSAL PRESCHOOL SLOWING

Published on: August 5, 2010

In 2009-10, over 9,000 eligible 3- and 4-year-olds in the Abbott districts were not enrolled in preschool. Despite initial gains, progress toward universal enrollment in these districts has slowed in recent years, according to a report released by Education Law Center on August 5.

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ELC RELEASES TWO PRE-K POLICY BRIEFS

ABBOTT PRE-K HAILED AS NATIONAL MODEL BY NEW AMERICA FOUNDATION

Published on: December 15, 2009

The New America Foundation recently released a report, "Education Reform Starts Early: Lessons from New Jersey's PreK-3rd Reform," in which New Jersey is touted as a "national leader in early education."

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STATE MUST INTERVENE TO ELIMINATE JERSEY CITY PRE-K WAIT LIST

Published on: September 29, 2009

ELC has called on NJ Education Commissioner Lucille Davy to take immediate action to respond to a report that over 100 three- and four-year old children in Jersey City are waiting to be enrolled in the district’s Abbott preschool program.

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PROPOSED REGULATIONS WEAKEN PRESCHOOL EXPANSION PROGRAM

Published on: August 6, 2009

While Governor Jon Corzine continues to tout the benefits of the Abbott preschool program – benefits reconfirmed by a study released last month – the NJ Department of Education (NJDOE) has proposed new preschool regulations that pose a significant challenge to program expansion.

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