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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.

COURT SETTLEMENT LOCKS IN NY'S COMMITMENT TO INCREASE SCHOOL FUNDING BY $4.2 BILLION

Published on: October 14, 2021

In the settlement, the NYSER plaintiffs and the State agreed to put the case on hold on the condition that the State honor its commitment to phase in the $4.2 billion required to reach full funding of the Foundation Aid Formula. Should the State fail to follow through, the settlement allows the plaintiffs to immediately restart the case in its current posture and move quickly to a trial.

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COMPARING NEW JERSEY SCHOOL SPENDING THE RIGHT WAY: A NEW ELC RESEARCH REPORT

Published on: October 5, 2021

The report demonstrates why comparisons of school district spending must take into account demographic differences in student composition rather than relying on simplistic comparisons of per pupil spending levels.

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THE EDUCATION SECRETARY HAS A DUTY TO PROTECT STUDENTS FROM THEIR OWN STATES

Published on: September 15, 2021

As COVID-19 cases reach record highs in many states, the nation is watching in shock as several governors and legislatures stand directly in the way of school safety.

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JUDGE REJECTS PA HOUSE SPEAKER’S BID TO EXCLUDE EVIDENCE OF RACIAL DISPARITIES IN SCHOOL FUNDING TRIAL

Published on: September 8, 2021

The plaintiffs contend that students across the state, especially those in poor communities, are being denied a “thorough and efficient” education as guaranteed by the Pennsylvania Constitution.

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NJ SUPREME COURT AFFIRMS MANDATE TO ADDRESS THE IMPACT OF CHARTER SCHOOLS ON SEGREGATION AND FUNDING

Published on: August 24, 2021

The Court is the first in the nation to impose a constitutional duty on a charter authorizer to ensure charters do not segregate or undermine funding and resources for students in district schools.

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ELC RESPONDS TO U.S.E.D. OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS’ CALL FOR INPUT ON NON-DISCRIMINATORY SCHOOL DISCIPLINE

Published on: August 2, 2021

ELC is calling on OCR to strengthen prior guidance with a renewed focus on addressing the link between academic failure and exclusionary discipline that contributes to the school-to-prison pipeline.

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ELC URGES NJ STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO REJECT PROPOSED GRADUATION RULES

Published on: July 28, 2021

The plan would mandate a new 11th-grade state graduation test starting next spring and place new restrictions on alternatives for satisfying the assessment requirement.

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ELC CALLS ON MURPHY ADMINISTRATION TO WAIVE GRADUATION TEST FOR CLASS OF 2022

Published on: July 20, 2021

The anticipated resumption of normal schooling in the fall does not undo the impact of the multiple year suspension of state testing for incoming seniors.

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