ABOUT ELC

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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Making the Grade 2021

How fair is school funding in your state? The annual Making the Grade report and supplementary materials explore the condition of school funding across the country.

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COVID-19 and Students with Disabilities

ELC has expanded its Frequently Asked Questions document to assist parents in understanding their children's rights while school buildings remain fully or partially closed

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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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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ELC WELCOMES ATTORNEY RACHAEL DEANE AS INAUGURAL DIRECTOR OF LEGAL AND STATE POLICY SUPPORT

ELC’s capacity to support public school advocates, organizers and lawyers is growing: Ms. Deane will provide legal advice and assistance to fair school funding and other education equity campaigns in the states.

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GEORGIA COALITION LAUNCHES SCHOOL FUNDING CAMPAIGN

Fund Georgia’s Future kicked off a statewide effort to adequately fund the state’s Quality Basic Education formula and make sure funding for schools meets the needs of each student.

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AS OMICRON HITS NYC SCHOOLS, LOW-INCOME FAMILIES SUE TO COMPEL CITY, STATE DEPARTMENTS OF EDUCATION TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH WORKING DEVICES, INTERNET, AND INSTRUCTION FOR PERIODS OF REMOTE LEARNING

ELC joins Legal Services NYC and Arnold & Porter to represent families seeking compensatory educational services and access to remote learning infrastructure for all NYC students moving forward.

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NEW JERSEY SUPREME COURT ORDERS REMAND TO DETERMINE COST ESTIMATES FOR MAJOR SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AND EMERGENT REPAIRS

The order is the most recent development in a motion filed by plaintiff students to compel the Murphy administration to comply with prior Abbott rulings mandating state funding of building improvements in the 31 SDA districts.

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U.S. EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ORDERS NEW JERSEY TO RESTORE MILLIONS IN STATE AID CUTS TO COMPLY WITH AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN

In response to complaints by ELC and Jersey City Together, the USED found state aid cuts in the FY22 Budget violate the Maintenance of Equity provision in the ARP ESSER.

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