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ELC is at the forefront of state-based efforts to improve school funding equity and secure essential resources for all students. Our strategies include litigation, policy development, capacity building, communications, data analysis and research.

Our work is based on the belief that all children deserve the opportunity to learn. Read More

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Partnership for Equity & Education Rights (PEER)

PEER, convened by ELC, is a national network of lawyers and organizers fighting for education equity in their states.

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Making the Grade 2019: How fair is school funding in your state?

ELC report analyzes public school funding and finds continued unfairness and significant disparities in the states.

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Public Funds Public Schools

PFPS is a national campaign supported by ELC, SPLC and the SPLC Action Fund to fight private school vouchers through litigation, advocacy and research.

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Abbott v. Burke

ELC represents over 300,000 low-income NJ schoolchildren in the Abbott v. Burke litigation. The Abbott decisions have been called the most important equal education rulings since Brown v. Board of Education.

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PEER UPDATE: ON THE FRONT LINES OF SCHOOL FUNDING REFORM

In 2019, the Partnership for Equity & Education Rights (PEER) moved to its new home at ELC. Read an update about school funding reform campaigns in the PEER states.

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NJ SUPREME COURT TO REVIEW STATE COMMISSIONER’S DECISION TO DRAMATICALLY EXPAND CHARTER SCHOOLS IN NEWARK

The NJ Supreme Court has granted a petition filed by ELC to review the Commissioner of Education’s 2016 decision approving an enrollment increase of 8500 students in Newark charter schools.

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NEW JERSEY OWES $1.6 BILLION TO 187 CONSTITUTIONALLY UNDERFUNDED SCHOOL DISTRICTS

A new ELC analysis of the SFRA has found that the number of NJ school districts funded below their constitutional level of “adequacy” has risen to 187 in 2019-20.

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ELC LEGAL ACTION PROMPTS NJ TO RELEASE NEW STATEWIDE SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PLAN

In response to an ELC application to the NJ Supreme Court, the SDA approved and released a Statewide Strategic Plan identifying the next group of priority school facilities projects.

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NORTH CAROLINA COURT ORDERS SWEEPING REFORMS AFTER REPORT FINDS STATE FAILING TO PROVIDE A SOUND BASIC EDUCATION

A North Carolina judge has signed a consent order in the long-running Leandro v. State school funding case adopting study recommendations to bring the public school system into constitutional compliance.

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