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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COVID-19 and Students with Disabilities

ELC has prepared a Frequently Asked Questions document to assist parents in understanding their children's rights while virtual learning is in place.

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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USE $500 MILLION IN COVID-19 EMERGENCY BONDS TO MAKE NEW JERSEY SCHOOL BUILDINGS SAFE TO REOPEN

The need for social distancing and functioning HVAC systems is crucial to the safe reopening of schools in the current public health crisis.

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STATEMENT FROM ELC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DAVID SCIARRA ON SENATOR TERESA RUIZ’S BUDGET RESOLUTION TO INCREASE SCHOOL FUNDING BY $311 MILLION IN FY21

ELC expresses full support for the resolution, while continuing to urge legislators to rescind any aid cuts to districts spending below adequacy.

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ELC URGES NY AND NJ TO ENSURE PUBLIC SCHOOLS KEEP MUCH-NEEDED CARES ACT FUNDS

Keeping the CARES Act funds in public schools is particularly crucial given the dire financial straits of districts in both New York and New Jersey.

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ELC TO NJ LEGISLATORS: GOVERNOR’S PROPOSED K-12 BUDGET WILL WIDEN INEQUITY

ELC urges NJ legislators to modify Governor Murphy’s proposed FY21 State Budget so the needs of students and staff are met during the pandemic.

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DIGITAL DIVIDE A VIOLATION OF STUDENTS’ CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS

NJ’s continuing failure to eliminate the digital divide for an estimated 230,000 public school students violates their right to a thorough and efficient education under the State Constitution.

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