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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.

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

Published on: September 18, 2020

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

Published on: September 17, 2020

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

Published on: September 15, 2020

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

Published on: September 11, 2020

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

Published on: August 27, 2020

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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TRACKING STATE SCHOOL AID CUTS IN THE PANDEMIC

Published on: August 25, 2020

States are experiencing sharp revenue declines due to the pandemic and that impacts state school aid. ELC analyzes recently enacted school aid cuts in Texas and Michigan.

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GOVERNOR'S PROPOSED BUDGET FAILS NEW JERSEY'S AT-RISK STUDENTS

Published on: August 25, 2020

The proposed budget will only widen the pre-COVID-19 resource and outcome gaps for students in NJ’s poorest districts and schools.

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PROTECT VULNERABLE STUDENTS IN SCHOOL REOPENING

Published on: August 24, 2020

OC/OS has released a statement focusing on the needs of the state’s most vulnerable students as they return to school in-person or by remote instruction.

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