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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.

Tennessee Public Schools Suffer Severe Teacher and Support Staff Shortages

Published on: October 20, 2020

A new ELC report shows Tennessee's high poverty school districts are burdened with staffing shortages resulting from the well-documented failure of Tennessee's school funding formula.

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NEW JERSEY SPENDING $26 MILLION TO CONTINUE ILLEGAL FUNDING FOR PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Published on: October 15, 2020

ELC is calling on the Murphy Administration to immediately comply with a U.S. District Court’s ruling invalidating a DeVos rule funneling illegal levels of CARES Act funds to private schools.

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SETTLEMENT IN DELAWARE SCHOOL FUNDING LITIGATION YIELDS MAJOR REFORMS FOR VULNERABLE STUDENTS

Published on: October 14, 2020

The plaintiffs in Delaware’s first school funding lawsuit have reached a settlement with state defendants, providing for long overdue, major reforms of the state’s inequitable school funding system.

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ILLINOIS SUPREME COURT ACCEPTS APPEAL IN MAJOR SCHOOL FUNDING LAWSUIT

Published on: October 1, 2020

The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal in a case challenging inadequate and inequitable school funding that could potentially alter the landscape of school funding jurisprudence in the state.

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COVID-19 AND STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: YOUR UPDATED GUIDE ON WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Published on: September 29, 2020

ELC has released a revised and expanded second edition of COVID-19 and Students with Disabilities: Frequently Asked Questions focusing on special education issues.

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HALF OF NJ HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS STILL HAVE NO GRADUATION RULES

Published on: September 23, 2020

Nearly two years after an appellate court struck down NJ’s high school graduation assessment rules, the State Board of Education has failed to adopt new ones.

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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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