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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.

ELC STATEMENT ON SCHOOL FUNDING IN GOVERNOR MURPHY'S PROPOSED FY22 NJ STATE BUDGET

Published on: February 22, 2021

Increases in SFRA and preschool funding are welcome, but additional bonding authority for the state’s school construction program was not proposed.

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NEARLY 200 NEW JERSEY DISTRICTS ARE $2.5 BILLION BELOW CONSTITUTIONAL FUNDING LEVEL

Published on: February 17, 2021

An ELC analysis shows the number of NJ school districts funded below their constitutional level of adequacy rose to 193 in 2020-21, up from 188 last year.

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EDUCATION EXPERTS AND SCHOLARS: PROPOSED MINNESOTA CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT THREATENS STUDENTS’ RIGHTS

Published on: February 17, 2021

Prominent experts sent a letter to Minnesota legislators voicing significant concerns that a proposal to amend the state constitution would undermine and weaken students' right to public education.

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ADVOCATES PRESS GOVERNOR MURPHY TO SAFEGUARD RIGHT OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES TO COMPENSATORY EDUCATION IN THE PANDEMIC

Published on: February 12, 2021

Prominent special education advocates urge Governor and Commissioner of Education to step up efforts to ensure districts provide compensatory education to students with disabilities.

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ELC URGES GOVERNOR TO SEEK WAIVER OF FEDERAL TESTING MANDATES

Published on: February 3, 2021

ELC is asking Gov. Murphy to reconsider the administration’s recently announced plans to proceed with state testing this spring despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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STATE’S REFUSAL TO FUND SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION FORCES STUDENTS BACK TO COURT

Published on: February 1, 2021

Students enrolled in unsafe, dilapidated school buildings in NJ’s poor urban districts are again asking the State Supreme Court to step in to secure additional school construction funding from the Legislature.  

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STATE DISINVESTMENT AFTER GREAT RECESSION COST SCHOOLS NEARLY $600 BILLION, LED TO “LOST DECADE” FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION

Published on: January 14, 2021

Two new ELC reports document unfair school funding in many states and troubling disinvestment in education in the decade following the Great Recession costing schools nearly $600 billion.

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EDUCATION AND CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS URGE ILLINOIS SUPREME COURT TO HEAR SCHOOL FUNDING CASE

Published on: December 21, 2020

ELC and the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights filed an amicus curiae brief urging the Illinois Supreme Court to permit a lawsuit challenging inequitable school funding to proceed to trial.

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