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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.

NEW JERSEY MUST REJECT EDUCATION SECRETARY DEVOS’ ADVICE TO GIVE EMERGENCY COVID-19 FUNDS EVEN TO WEALTHY PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Published on: May 11, 2020

ELC is urging NJ Governor Phil Murphy to firmly reject a non-binding directive from U.S. Secretary of Education DeVos to set aside CARES Act funds for all private school students, even the most wealthy. 

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NEW JERSEY DISTRICTS CAN’T DEMAND WAIVERS IN RETURN FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

Published on: May 6, 2020

The NJDOE has issued a firm prohibition to school districts against conditioning special education services on parents waiving their students’ rights guaranteed under federal law.

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ILLINOIS ADVOCATES CALL ON GOVERNOR TO DIRECT FEDERAL EMERGENCY FUNDS TO AT-RISK, MARGINALIZED STUDENTS

Published on: May 5, 2020

An Illinois coalition belonging to the PEER network is urging Governor Pritzker to ensures school districts use CARES Act K-12 funds for the state’s most marginalized children and families.

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ELC CALLS ON NJ TO USE CARES ACT FUNDS TO END DIGITAL DIVIDE AND ADDRESS EDUCATION INEQUITIES

Published on: May 4, 2020

ELC is urging Governor Murphy to promptly issue guidance to local school districts to prepare plans for using the CARES Act funds earmarked for NJ K-12 education.

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CONSTITUTIONALLY OBLIGATED: STATES CANNOT PASS THE BUCK TO DISTRICTS AFTER CLOSING SCHOOLS

Published on: April 29, 2020

All states are constitutionally obligated to maintain and support a public education system, even after closing schools to stop the pandemic, and that obligation cannot be delegated to local school districts.

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NEW YORK’S PANDEMIC ADJUSTMENT: DEPRIVING RESOURCES TO STUDENTS IMPACTED BY COVID-19

Published on: April 22, 2020

A new ELC research brief analyzes NY State’s “pandemic adjustment,” a $1 billion cut in state aid for public schools in the FY21 State Budget adopted April 2.

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EDUCATION LAW CENTER RESPONSE TO COVID-19 IMPACTS ON EDUCATION RIGHTS

Published on: April 16, 2020

ELC is bringing decades of experience and dedication to our core mission to tackling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education rights of the children we serve.

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NJ SUPREME COURT ANTICIPATES GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE WILL FUND SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM

Published on: April 6, 2020

The NJ Supreme Court has stepped aside to give Governor Murphy and the State Legislature the opportunity to approve additional funding for school construction “in the context of the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget.”

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