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The resources provided below are divided into sources of general information about education policy and reform and also by specific topic areas.


US Department of Education

US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs

US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights

US Department of Education, IDEA Home Page

US Department of Justice

New Jersey Department of Education

New Jersey Department of Human Services

New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

By Issue


Regulations/ Reports

NJDOE Guidance for Schools on Implementing the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (December 2011)

USDOE Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policy (2011)

NJ Regulations on Programs to Support Student Development (including regulations on Intimidation, Harassment, Bullying)

"There Isn't a Moment to Lose:  An Urgent Call for Legal Reform and Effective Practices to Combat Bullying in New Jersey Schools", Report of the NJ Commission on Bullying in Schools (2009)

Model Policy and Guidance for Prohibiting Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying on School Property, at School-Sponsored Functions, and on School Buses (2008)





NJ Regulations on Programs to Support Student Development (including Student Conduct, Intervention and Referral Services, Alternative Education)

"Test, Punish, and Push Out:  How 'Zero Tolerance' and High-Stakes Testing Funnel Youth Into the School-To-Prison Pipeline" (2010)

"Opportunities Suspended:  The Devastating Consequences of Zero Tolerance and School Discipline Policies" (2000)

"The Color of Discipline:  Sources of Racial and Gender Disproportionality in School Punishment" (2000)



Secondary Education



School Facilities


New Jersey Regulations on School Construction

New Jersey Educational Facilities Construction and Financing Act

Interim Analysis of School Facility Funding in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, 21st Century School Fund (February 2010)

Economic Impacts of Planned School Construction Projects in New Jersey, Lahr & Fitchtner (July 2008)

Good Buildings, Better Schools: An Economic Stimulus Opportunity with Long-term Benefits, Economic Policy Institute (April 2008)

Schoolyard Planning and Design in New Jersey: Enhancing Outdoor Play and Learning, New Jersey School Outdoor Area Working Group (August 2007)

Growth and Disparity: A Decade of U.S. School Construction, Building Educational Success Together (October 2006)



School Funding



Student Residency


NJ Student Residency Regulations

NJDOE Sample Forms, Notices and Informational Documents

NJ Regulations on Education of Homeless Children

Tars, Eric S., "Separate and Unequal in the Same Classroom:  Homeless Students in America's Public Schools," (Summer 2009)



Special Education



Disability Specific Resources


Cost Studies

School funding experts often estimate the cost of quality education for an entire state.  Cost study critics call for better data and additional research to improve cost study methodologies, especially regarding poverty, concentrated poverty, and ELL programs. 


Example of legislation authorizing state cost study - HB185, Pennsylvania (2006)

Cost Studies from: Arkansas, Kansas, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, New Jersey Preschool

To-date these studies have ignored the costs of correcting deficits that have accumulated from long-term neglect. Related research shows the costs and benefits of programs proven to raise graduation rates and other achievement. 


Litigation in the States

Plaintiff and Defendant Victories (last updated January 2015) 

C. Kirabo Jackson, Rucker Johnson, & Claudia Persico, The Effect of School Finance Reforms on the Distribution of Spending, Academic Achievement, and Adult Outcomes, NBER Working Paper No. 20118 (May 2014, Revised August 2014).

Bruce D. Baker & Kevin Welner, School Finance and Courts: Does reform matter and how can we tell? Teachers College Record Vol. 113 No. 11, 2011, p. 2374-2414.

David G. Sciarra, Enhancing Court Capacity to Enforce Education Rights: Judicial Tools Used in Abbot v. Burke, The Foundation for Law, Justice, and Society, 2009.

Molly A. Hunter, Judicial Findings: Egregious Conditions in Public Schools, Appendix 2, No Time to Lose, Southern Education Foundation, 2009, p. 39-45

David G. Sciarra, Koren L. Bell, & Susan Kenyon, Safe and Adequate: Using Litigation to Address Inadequate K-12 School Facilities, Education Law Center 2006.

 Molly A. Hunter, Requiring States to Offer a Quality Education to All Students, American Bar Association, Human Rights, Fall 2005, Vol. 32, No. 4, p.10-12.