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All ELC news stories are archived here in reverse chronological order. They are also categorized by state in the menu on the left, with New Jersey further broken out into separate subject areas.

ELC URGES SUSPENSION OF GRADUATION TESTING REQUIREMENT DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Published on: March 27, 2020

ELC is urging the Murphy Administration to protect the rights of high school seniors by suspending the graduation testing requirements in NJ law for the class of 2020.

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AFFIRMS STATE AND DISTRICT OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE SPECIAL EDUCATION DURING SCHOOL CLOSURES

Published on: March 25, 2020

The U.S. Dept. of Education has issued supplemental guidance to clear up the “serious misunderstanding” that federal disability laws prevent schools from offering educational programs through distance or remote instruction.

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NEW JERSEY ADVOCATES PRESS FOR CORONAVIRUS EDUCATION TASK FORCE

Published on: March 23, 2020

ELC and eight other advocacy organizations are urging Governor Murphy to establish a Coronavirus Education Task Force to ensure that NJ students emerge from the current crisis as educationally intact as possible.

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COVID-19: AN UPDATE FROM EDUCATION LAW CENTER

Published on: March 17, 2020

During the current coronavirus pandemic, New Jerseyans’ main focus must be on health and safety. ELC is also dedicated to that principle, and our thoughts are with our fellow citizens.

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PROPOSED FIX FOR DELAYS IN NEW JERSEY SPECIAL EDUCATION HEARINGS RESTRICTS STUDENT RIGHTS

Published on: March 10, 2020

A proposal by the NJDOE and Office of Administrative Law to shorten significant delays in special education hearings impermissibly restricts students’ rights, according to NJ’s leading advocates for students with disabilities.

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PEER UPDATE: ON THE FRONT LINES OF SCHOOL FUNDING REFORM

Published on: February 12, 2020

In 2019, the Partnership for Equity & Education Rights (PEER) moved to its new home at ELC. Read an update about school funding reform campaigns in the PEER states.

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NJ SUPREME COURT TO REVIEW STATE COMMISSIONER’S DECISION TO DRAMATICALLY EXPAND CHARTER SCHOOLS IN NEWARK

Published on: February 11, 2020

The NJ Supreme Court has granted a petition filed by ELC to review the Commissioner of Education’s 2016 decision approving an enrollment increase of 8500 students in Newark charter schools.

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NEW JERSEY OWES $1.6 BILLION TO 187 CONSTITUTIONALLY UNDERFUNDED SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Published on: February 10, 2020

A new ELC analysis of the SFRA has found that the number of NJ school districts funded below their constitutional level of “adequacy” has risen to 187 in 2019-20.

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