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.
COURT DECLARES CONNECTICUT EDUCATION SYSTEM VIOLATES STATE CONSTITUTION
Published on: September 12, 2016
Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawser issued his post-trial decision, in CCJEFF v. Rell, finding that the state was not fulfilling its duty under the state constitution to provide children with a fair opportunity for a high school education, and ordering the state to submit remedial proposals within 180 days.
WILL GOVERNOR CHRISTIE BAN SUSPENSIONS, EXPULSIONS THROUGH THE SECOND GRADE?
Published on: September 6, 2016
Governor Christie has had Senate Bill 2081, which bans most expulsions and suspensions for students in preschool through second grade on his desk for two months. He must act on the legislation by September 8.
GOVERNOR CHRISTIE'S UNFAIR SCHOOL FUNDING PLAN: PART V
Published on: August 22, 2016
Governor Christie claims property taxes will be reduced in NJ towns where state aid will increase under his plan to redistribute school funding. Yet he conveniently ignores the fact that his plan will also raise property taxes in the 143 school districts targeted for massive cuts in school aid.
STATE RESPONDS TO ELC DEMAND FOR EMERGENT PROJECTS FUNDING
Published on: August 11, 2016
The NJDOE and SDA have responded to a demand by ELC to commence a new round of funding for emergent projects in New Jersey urban school buildings.
PLAINTIFFS URGE SUPREME COURT OF SOUTH CAROLINA TO ACT
Published on: August 10, 2016
Plaintiffs in Abbeville v. State filed their response to the State's "Joint Report" submitted to the South Carolina Supreme Court, arguing that the report failed to comply with the Court's earlier ruling.
GOVERNOR CHRISTIE'S UNFAIR SCHOOL FUNDING PLAN: PART IV
Published on: August 8, 2016
Governor Chris Christie’s so-called "Fairness” funding plan would cause staggering budget cuts in some of New Jersey’s poorest districts, forcing as many as 14,000 teachers, guidance counselors and other support staff to be cut, an ELC analysis shows.
NJDOE’S PROPOSED GRADUATION RULES VIOLATE NJ’S GRADUATION STATUTE
Published on: July 26, 2016
ELC and the ACLU-NJ submitted written comments detailing multiple legal and policy concerns with NJDOE’s proposed graduation regulations and urging the State Board of Education to reject them.
LAWSUIT SAYS FUNDING IN MISSISSIPPI CHARTER SCHOOL LAW VIOLATES STATE CONSTITUTION
Published on: July 26, 2016
On July 11, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed a lawsuit alleging that the school funding provisions of the state charter school law passed by the Mississippi Legislature are unconstitutional.