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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’S SCHOOL COUNSELOR CRUNCH

Published on: December 15, 2020

In the 2018-19 school year, 244,111 NJ students did not have access to a school counselor, and at least 40% of all elementary schools had no school counselor on staff.

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NJ REPORTS ALARMING INCREASE IN STUDENT SUSPENSIONS OVERALL AND AMONG BLACK STUDENTS

Published on: November 12, 2020

The NJDOE annual report on student discipline shows an alarming increase in student suspensions with continued disproportionate impact on Black students.

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NJ SUPREME COURT COMMITTEE SEEKS INPUT ON LIMITING ROLE OF NON-LAWYERS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION

Published on: October 27, 2020

The NJ Supreme Court Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law will allow for public comment on a controversial ruling restricting the role of non-lawyer advocates in special education conferences.

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ACLU-NJ AND ELC CALL FOR STATE ACTION ON POLICE IN NJ SCHOOLS

Published on: October 21, 2020

ELC and the ACLU-NJ are urging the Murphy Administration to improve data collection and public reporting  on the presence of police in NJ schools.

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TRACKING SCHOOL AID CUTS IN THE PANDEMIC: GEORGIA

Published on: October 21, 2020

An ELC research report analyzes a $950 million, 10% “pandemic cut” in K-12 state aid passed by the Georgia Assembly, at a time when schools need more resources not less.

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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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