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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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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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TRIAL COURT ORDERS STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA TO TRANSFER $1.75 BILLION TO FUND STATE’S COMPREHENSIVE REMEDIAL PLAN

Wake County Superior Court Judge David Lee entered an order requiring the State to fund a comprehensive remedial plan that will improve teaching and learning, especially for students in at-risk circumstances.

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ENGLISH LEARNERS FACE SEVERE INEQUITIES AND SUBSTANDARD CONDITIONS IN NJ SCHOOLS

Crucial new report from ELC, NJTESOL/NJBE and NJCIC finds ability to learn was compromised at a time when English learners needed even more support.

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NATIONWIDE SCHOOL FINANCE ANALYSIS ASSIGNS "F" GRADE TO 22 STATES, CALLS ON CONGRESS TO INCENTIVIZE FUNDING REFORMS

ELC’s Making the Grade 2021 documents the persistence of unfair school funding across the country and underscores the urgent need for school finance reform

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NJ COMMISSIONER’S FAILURE TO DOCUMENT SEGREGATIVE EFFECTS OF CHARTER SCHOOLS PROMPTS LEGAL ACTION

NJ education and civil rights groups demand Commissioner of Education carry out charter school rules and State Supreme Court rulings

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