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NJDOE MUST ADDRESS AUDIT DEFICIENCIES

Published on: January 30, 2007

Education Law Center (ELC) today called on State education officials to take prompt action to further investigate fiscal deficiencies identified in audits of four State-operated and supervised urban school districts, and to follow up with appropriate corrective action.

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ABBOTT CHIEF REFUSES PARENTS' REQUEST TO ENFORCE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT REQUIREMENTS

Published on: October 11, 2006

Parent leaders from Camden, Newark, and Jersey City were disappointed at the refusal of Gordon MacInnes, the State's top official for urban school reform, to take action to enforce compliance with state and federal laws requiring parental involvement in the urban or "Abbott" districts.

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ELC PUBLISHES NEW DATA ON ABBOTT SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Published on: August 25, 2006

The Education Law Center has posted profiles of each of the 31 Abbott school districts.

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NJDOE REFUSES TO RELEASE EDUCATION COST STUDY

Published on: July 18, 2006

The NJ Department of Education refuses to make public a 2003 study of the cost of providing a thorough and efficient education to all New Jersey public school students, prompting ELC to file suit yesterday to obtain its release before planned discussion on school funding begins in the Legislature in August.

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COMMISSIONER FAILS TO HONOR ABBOTT COMMITMENTS

Published on: July 13, 2006

Public records show that Commissioner Lucille Davy has failed to follow through on her pledge to the NJ Supreme Court that she would improve public accountability for Abbott funding.

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BUDGET LANGUAGE UNDERMINES COURT ORDER ON ABBOTT REGULATIONS

Published on: July 12, 2006

The FY2007 State Budget Act, adopted by the Legislature and signed by Governor Corzine on July 8th, again permits the Education Commissioner to write the Abbott regulations for 2006-07 behind closed doors, and then adopt the rules without any accountability to urban education stakeholders, citizens and taxpayers.

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Making Abbott reform more fruitful

Published on: June 30, 2006

In 1998, the state Supreme Court in the landmark Abbott vs. Burke case ordered a historic package of
funding and programs to reverse decades of neglect of our urban public schools.

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LOSS OF ABBOTT AID WOULD DEVASTATE URBAN SCHOOLS

Published on: June 27, 2006

Some legislators are proposing to remove all Abbott funding from public schools in 12 urban communities, totaling $434 million in state aid.

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