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NJDOE PROPOSES TO END QUICK ACTION ON EMERGENT REPAIRS AND CREATE MORE ROADBLOCKS TO SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION

Published on: July 11, 2013

The NJDOE is proposing to eliminate the longstanding procedure for “expedited” action on emergency school repairs and to impose additional obstacles that will further delay major construction projects in SDA districts.

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COMMISSIONER AGREES NJDOE FAILED TO PROMPTLY ADDRESS EMERGENT SCHOOL BUILDING REPAIRS

Published on: June 18, 2013

In a recent decision, Commissioner Cerf agreed with an Administrative Law Judge that the Office of School Facilities in the Department of Education failed to comply with state law requiring prompt action to expedite repairs of emergent conditions in high poverty “SDA districts.” 

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SDA ADMINISTRATIVE OVERHEAD TOPS $110 MILLION SINCE 2010

Published on: February 18, 2013

An analysis by ELC of financial records since January 2010 shows the SDA spent a total of $114 million on agency staff, office space, legal services, communications and other administrative expenses over the last three years. 

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NJDOE FAILURE TO MOVE EMERGENT BUILDING REPAIRS VIOLATES STUDENTS’ CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, JUDGE RULES

Published on: December 20, 2012

An Administrative Law Judge has ruled that the NJDOE, by failing to adhere to expedited timelines for processing requests for emergent repairs to school buildings, “has violated the requirements of the ‘thorough and efficient’ clause of the New Jersey Constitution.”  

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SDA IGNORES LAW AGAIN PROMPTING ELC LAWSUIT OVER SCHOOL PROJECT DELEGATION RULES

Published on: June 11, 2012

The SDA continues to defy a clear legal mandate to put in place rules permitting urban districts to take full control over their school construction projects, forcing ELC to file its second lawsuit to compel compliance.

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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.

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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. 

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ELC DEMANDS INVESTIGATION INTO CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION'S REFUSAL TO ADDRESS DANGEROUS CONDITIONS IN URBAN SCHOOL BUILDINGS

Published on: January 18, 2012

ELC has sent a letter to the chairs of the Senate and Assembly Education Committees urging these lawmakers to investigate the Christie Administration's refusal to address hundreds of emergency health and safety repairs in urban school buildings across the state. 

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