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Facilities

NJDOE ORDERED TO UPDATE DISTRICTS’ SCHOOL FACILITIES PLANS

Published on: January 21, 2015

In a final decision, Commissioner Hespe affirmed that the NJDOE violated state facilities law and regulations by failing to ensure the timely submission and approval of updated long range facilities plans for the 31 poor urban, or SDA, districts.

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NJ LEGISLATURE MUST ACT TO REPLENISH SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION FUND

Published on: December 21, 2014

In testimony before the Joint Committee on the Public Schools, ELC called on the State Legislature to prepare for authorizing an increase in funding for NJ’s school construction program.

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NJDOE FAILURE TO UPDATE SCHOOL FACILITIES PLANS VIOLATES LAW

Published on: October 28, 2014

Administrative Law Judge Ellen Bass has ruled the NJDOE violated state facilities law and regulations by failing to require NJ’s urban districts to revise their long out-of-date school facilities construction plans.

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Long-Awaited SDA Assessment Reports Document Serious Facilities Deficiencies in Four NJ Schools

Published on: June 4, 2014

In response to a request by ELC, the SDA recently released Facilities Conditions Assessment Reports for four schools with serious facility deficiencies that have been awaiting repair under the agency’s 2012 capital plan.

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EXPIRED SCHOOL FACILITIES PLANS PROMPT NEW ELC LAWSUIT

Published on: February 11, 2014

The lawsuit concerns the failure of NJDOE to ensure the submission and approval of updated Long-Range Facilities Plans by the 31 SDA districts.

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WILL TRENTON STUDENTS GET NEW HIGH SCHOOL?

Published on: January 27, 2014

Governor Christie's newly appointed school construction chief, Charles McKenna, recommends a complete rebuild, not repair, of unsafe and dilapidated Trenton Central High School.

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SDA CONTINUES SPENDING SPREE ON ADMINISTRATIVE OVERHEAD

Published on: January 20, 2014

An updated analysis by ELC of financial records since January 2010 shows the SDA has now spent over $148 million on agency staff and administrative expenses over the past four years.

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REPORT SHOWS OVER ONE-THIRD OF NJ URBAN STUDENTS IN UNFIT, DILAPIDATED SCHOOL BUILDINGS

Published on: December 15, 2013

An unpublished report by the NJDOE shows at least one-third of students in urban public schools, or over 93,000 students, attend school in buildings that fail to meet basic health, safety and educational suitability standards. 

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