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All ELC news stories are archived here in reverse chronological order. They are also categorized by state in the menu on the left, with New Jersey further broken out into separate subject areas.

BROWN, ABBOTT AND NJ'S SEGREGATED PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Published on: May 21, 2004

The 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board ruling ending legal segregation in public schools puts the spotlight on a troubling reality: New Jersey’s K-12 public schools remain among the most segregated in the nation.

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COMMISSIONER SEEKS TO EXTEND PRE-K TEACHER CERTIFICATION DEADLINE

Published on: May 19, 2004

NJ Commissioner of Education William Librera filed an application with the NJ Supreme Court on May 18 requesting an extension of the September 2004 deadline for certification of all Abbott preschool teachers.

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STILL SEPARATE, STILL UNEQUAL

Published on: May 18, 2004

On the 50th anniversary of the landmark desegregation case, Brown v. Board of Education, African-American students in New Jersey continue to be over-represented in special education and are placed in segregated settings at much higher rates than their white counterparts with disastrous consequences, according to data released by a coalition of advocacy organizations today.

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ELC CALLS ON COMMISSIONER TO ENSURE TIMELY BUDGET DECISIONS

Published on: May 11, 2004

ELC is urging the NJ Department of Education to issue final and complete decisions on Abbott district budgets for 04-05 by the May 28th deadline set by the NJ Supreme Court.

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SCHOOL PRINCIPALS CALL FOR FACILITIES TO MEET CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS

Published on: May 10, 2004

New Jersey’s school principals find that their school buildings come up short in meeting specific curricula needs, such as science, music/art, physical and special education, preschool and after-school activities, and community access.

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DISTRICTS’ COURT WIN RESTORES OVER $90M IN SUPPLEMENTAL PROGRAMS

Published on: May 5, 2004

The Abbott districts’ successful legal challenge to NJ Department of Education FY04 budget cuts has resulted in the restoration of over $90 million in Abbott supplemental programs.

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MASSACHUSETTS COURT RECOMMENDS PRESCHOOL FOR ALL AT-RISK 3- AND 4-YEAR OLDS

Published on: April 29, 2004

In a ruling similar to New Jersey's Abbott case, a Massachusetts judge, in declaring that state's school funding system unconstitutional, directed the Commonwealth to provide a free, public preschool program for all low-income children, children with disabilities, and children with limited English proficiency.

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COMMISSIONER URGED NOT TO CHANGE ABBOTT RULES

Published on: April 26, 2004

NJ Education Commissioner William Librera has announced he intends to revise the regulations governing Abbott supplemental programs, budgets and funding in May -- for the second time this school year.

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