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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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NJ LEGISLATORS POISED TO SEND MORE TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS WHEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE UNDERFUNDED BY $2 BILLION

A NJ bill would send another $3 million to reimburse private schools for nursing staff, on top of the over $14 million already appropriated for this purpose.

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LIFTING TAX CAP FAILS TO DELIVER ADEQUATE FUNDING TO NJ DISTRICTS FACING STATE AID CUTS

The NJ State Senate is considering a bill to allow certain school districts facing multi-year cuts in state aid to raise local property taxes above the annual 2% state cap.

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ELC CALLS FOR END TO SEPARATE CHARTER SCHOOL PRE-K PROGRAMS IN ABBOTT DISTRICTS

ELC is calling for the NJDOE to immediately end the unauthorized practice of allowing charter schools in Abbott districts to operate separate preschool programs.

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ELC WELCOMES PARTNERSHIP FOR EQUITY & EDUCATION RIGHTS

ELC announces a new collaboration with the Partnership for Equity & Education Rights (PEER), an innovative network of state-focused advocates, community organizers and public interest lawyers.

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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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