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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.

MASSACHUSETTS COURT RECOMMENDS PRESCHOOL FOR ALL AT-RISK 3- AND 4-YEAR OLDS

Published on: April 29, 2004

In a ruling similar to New Jersey's Abbott case, a Massachusetts judge, in declaring that state's school funding system unconstitutional, directed the Commonwealth to provide a free, public preschool program for all low-income children, children with disabilities, and children with limited English proficiency.

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COMMISSIONER URGED NOT TO CHANGE ABBOTT RULES

Published on: April 26, 2004

NJ Education Commissioner William Librera has announced he intends to revise the regulations governing Abbott supplemental programs, budgets and funding in May -- for the second time this school year.

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NJDOE ABBOTT PRESCHOOL STUDY HIGHLIGHTS NEED TO IMPROVE FACILITIES

Published on: April 16, 2004

On March 26, 2004, the New Jersey Department of Education and a consortium of university researchers released findings from an assessment of Abbott preschool program quality.

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STATE BUDGET PROVIDES ONLY HALF OF PARITY FUNDING

Published on: March 24, 2004

Education Law Center’s analysis of the Governor’s proposed FY05 State Budget shows that suburban school districts are projected to increase spending by 6% in the upcoming 04-05 school year.

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DISTRICTS TO APPEAL RULING ON PRE-K FUNDING

Published on: March 18, 2004

Abbott districts will ask the State Supreme Court to overturn an Appellate Court ruling sanctioning the failure of the NJ Department of Education to fully fund the Abbott preschool program.

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"REVERSE ROBIN HOOD" FUNDING SCHEME CHALLENGED

Published on: March 18, 2004

By Tom Jannarone, Consultant for Urban Affairs to the New Jersey Association of School Administrators and the Urban Schools Superintendents of New Jersey

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SUPREME COURT RESCINDS NJDOE CUTS TO ABBOTT BUDGETS

Published on: March 18, 2004

In an order issued March 18th, the NJ Supreme Court has directed the NJ Department of Education to immediately restore an estimated $78 to $100 million in programs and positions to the Abbott districts 2003-04 budgets.

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ABBOTT DISTRICTS NOT PREPARED TO REVISE FACILITY PLANS NEXT YEAR

Published on: February 16, 2004

Abbott districts must develop new five-year facility improvement plans next year, but lack guidance from NJDOE on how to perform this critical task.

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