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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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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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THOUSANDS OF SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS REMOVED FROM NJ’S OFFICIAL FEDERAL GRADUATION RATE

The change is the result of two factors: the state’s “exit test” to earn a diploma, and the USED will no longer allow IEP waivers from the testing requirement to be included in the federal graduation rate.

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TIME TO DITCH NEW JERSEY’S HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAM?

For the third time in four years, NJ’s graduation testing requirement has been suspended, most recently by the State Legislature.

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SCHOOL FUNDING IN THE FY23 NJ STATE BUDGET: TRENDING UPWARD BUT FARTHER TO GO

The budget takes important steps to reestablish NJ’s historic commitment to a fair and equitable system of financing the state’s public schools, but concerns remain.

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NEW JERSEY’S OUR CHILDREN/OUR SCHOOLS: 15 YEARS OF FIERCE ADVOCACY FOR EDUCATION RIGHTS

In 2007, ELC and several education organizations came together to form a statewide advocacy network to defend and advance the unprecedented success of the landmark Abbott decisions.

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STATE COURTS EMPOWERED TO REMEDY CONSTITUTIONAL VIOLATIONS OF THE RIGHT TO PUBLIC EDUCATION

The nation’s leading education rights scholars and advocates have provided the NC Supreme Court with extensive judicial precedent from states across the country to support upholding a lower court order.

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