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 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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Tools for Parents and Advocates

Learn about laws, regulations and advocacy tools in our guides on special education, discipline, residency, homeless students, and bullying.

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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STATE’S REFUSAL TO SEEK FUNDING FOR FACILITIES PROJECTS PROMPTS ABBOTT COURT ACTION

NJ students in dilapidated and inadequate school buildings commenced legal action today, asking the NJ Supreme Court to direct the Commissioner of Education and the SDA to revise the SDA’s construction plan and secure additional funding for those projects.

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ELC REPORT GRADES STATES ON FAIR SCHOOL FUNDING

K-12 public school funding continues to be deeply unfair in many states and a major factor contributing to disparities in education resources, opportunities and outcomes for students across the country.

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STATE BOARD PROPOSES NEW GRADUATION RULES FOR CLASS OF 2023 AND BEYOND

Ten months after an Appellate Court invalidated NJ’s graduation testing rules, the State Board of Education has proposed new ones that would go into effect for current freshmen.

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EDUCATION IN THE LEAST RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT: HOW ARE NJ SCHOOL DISTRICTS DOING?

As part of a settlement agreement, the NJDOE has issued final reports to 76 school districts on their compliance with the requirement to educate students with disabilities in the “least restrictive environment.”

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EDUCATION RIGHTS CASES TO WATCH

New and pending cases to remedy state failures to provide adequate resources, funding, facilities and special education programs in public schools have advanced in numerous courts. Here’s what we’re watching.

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