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Special Education

FEDERAL COURT RULING UNDERMINES EDUCATION RIGHTS FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

Published on: December 21, 2011

Advocates are raising concerns that a case now before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia would significantly undermine education rights for countless children with disabilities, especially those who are indigent.

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STATE’S FAILURE TO FUND SCHOOL AID FORMULA HINDERS EXPERT ANALYSIS OF SPECIAL EDUCATION FUNDING

Published on: November 3, 2011

NJDOE has finally released the independent study of the special education census funding method in the SFRA. The study concludes that, because the State has failed to fully to fund the formula, it is impossible to analyze whether the method is effective in providing the resources needed to deliver special education.

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USDOE URGED TO RESCIND POLICY GIVING SCHOOL DISTRICTS THE GREEN LIGHT TO CUT SPECIAL EDUCATION FUNDS

Published on: September 29, 2011

In a sharply worded letter, ELC is calling on the U.S. Department of Education to immediately rescind a newly issued policy allowing school districts to cut spending on special education services to students with disabilities.

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ELC Guide The Right to Special Education in NJ Now Available in Spanish

Published on: September 7, 2011

In an effort to provide increased access to information about special education, the ELC publication, “The Right to Special Education in New Jersey: A Guide for Advocates,” has been translated into Spanish. The translation was facilitated by the law firm Skadden Arps.

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STATE FINDS LACK OF SPECIAL EDUCATION STAFF IN ANOTHER PATERSON SCHOOL

Published on: September 1, 2011

As a result of a complaint filed by ELC, the NJDOE has directed the Paterson school district to provide additional special education instruction to 39 students in School Number 10. This is the third finding that Paterson’s inadequate staffing for the 2010-2011 school year has led to the denial of special education and related services to students with disabilities.

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ELC Fights Arbitrary Graduation Decisions on Behalf of Students and Families

Published on: July 25, 2011

Over the past few months, ELC attorneys helped numerous parents and high school seniors resolve a variety of attempts by school districts across New Jersey to prevent students from graduating, force students to graduate prematurely, and deny participation in graduation ceremonies.

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ELC CONTINUES PUSH FOR ADEQUATE SPECIAL EDUCATION STAFF AND SERVICES IN PATERSON

Published on: July 19, 2011

ELC has filed an additional complaint with the NJDOE regarding the lack of special education and related services for Paterson students in 2010-11, caused by a hiring and spending freeze ordered by the NJDOE in September. The latest complaint concerns School Number 10, which serves children in kindergarten through eighth grade.

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STATE FINDS ADDITIONAL SPECIAL EDUCATION VIOLATIONS IN PATERSON

Published on: May 9, 2011

As a result of a complaint filed by Education Law Center (ELC) on December 28, 2010, the NJ Department of Education (NJDOE) has directed the Paterson school district to provide speech-language services to 43 elementary school students at Paterson's School Number 2. 

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