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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.

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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FEDERAL EMERGENCY RELIEF FOR SCHOOLS IS A START, BUT STATES AND CONGRESS MUST DO MUCH MORE

Published on: March 31, 2020

Congress and the states must commit to providing adequate and equitable resources in the short term and when students finally return to their classroom.

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ELC URGES SUSPENSION OF GRADUATION TESTING REQUIREMENT DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Published on: March 27, 2020

ELC is urging the Murphy Administration to protect the rights of high school seniors by suspending the graduation testing requirements in NJ law for the class of 2020.

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