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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.

NEVADA NEEDS A REAL SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULA, NOW MORE THAN EVER

Published on: June 9, 2020

ELC has released a report on Nevada’s new school funding formula arguing that it must be based on the actual cost of programs, staff and services needed by at-risk students.

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ELC ASKS ATTORNEY GENERAL TO DIRECT NJDOE TO REJECT SECRETARY DEVOS’ ILLEGAL GUIDANCE ON CARES ACT FUNDS

Published on: June 4, 2020

ELC is calling on the NJ Attorney General to advise the NJDOE not to follow Secretary DeVos’ legally erroneous guidance on allocating CARES Act funds for schools.

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DISMANTLING INSTITUTIONAL RACISM

Published on: June 2, 2020

ELC stands with #BlackLivesMatter as we redouble our commitment to dismantling institutional racism once and for all and to building a just, fair and inclusive future.

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ELC VIRTUAL EDUCATION JUSTICE LECTURE EXPLORES ADVOCACY RESPONSE TO THE PANDEMIC

Published on: June 2, 2020

ELC hosted the 11th annual Education Justice Lecture as a virtual panel discussion on the Impact of COVID-19 on schools with NY State Sen. Robert Jackson, former AQE Executive Director Billy Easton, and NJ Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly.

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SCHOOL FINANCE LITIGATION UPDATE: DELAWARE, ILLINOIS, AND NEW MEXICO

Published on: May 26, 2020

Given the crucial role of school finance lawsuits after COVID-19, ELC continues to inform advocates, teachers, parents, policymakers and other public school supporters of developments in existing and new litigation.

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LAWSUIT CHALLENGES NORTH CAROLINA LAW ALLOWING BREAKAWAY, SEGREGATED CHARTER SCHOOLS

Published on: May 18, 2020

North Carolina parents and civil rights groups are suing the State, challenging a 2018 law authorizing predominantly white, wealthy towns to form separate charter school districts.

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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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