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Education Law Center, 2019
Parents, guardians, caregivers and school administrators will sometimes disagree over whether a student may enroll in or continue to attend a public school based on his or her place of residence. The information in this manual is designed to help parents, guardians and caregivers understand New Jersey's public school residency rules and to inform…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Residence Requirements, School Law, Place of Residence
Education Law Center, 2019
In the 2009 "Abbott v. Burke XX" decision, the New Jersey Supreme Court approved the SFRA formula as a replacement for the previously Court-ordered "parity" and "supplemental funding" remedies for the longstanding violation of the constitutional right to a thorough and efficient education of students in 31 urban, or…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Financial Support, Constitutional Law, Student Rights
Baker, Bruce; Farrie, Danielle; Sciarra, David G. – Education Law Center, 2018
"Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card" analyzes the condition of state school finance systems with a focus on the fair distribution of resources to the neediest students. The Report Card makes a number of assumptions about how school funding systems should be designed: (1) a fair funding system should provide levels of funding…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Equity (Finance), Financial Support, State Aid
Farrie, Danielle – Education Law Center, 2018
Trenton Public Schools (TPS) have faced multiple years of fiscal turmoil as the district struggles to provide students with the resources required to meet the State's Core Curriculum Content Standards (CCSS). Under the tenure of Governor Chris Christie, the State failed to provide the state aid needed to support the district's budget, eroding…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Educational Finance, Budgets, Financial Problems
Education Law Center, 2018
There is no question that students who experience homelessness, like all students, are entitled to be educated. A federal law, known as the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, requires states to provide homeless children and youth with the same access to free appropriate public education as is available to other students. The Act also requires…
Descriptors: Homeless People, Student Rights, Access to Education, Barriers
Baker, Bruce; Farrie, Danielle; Johnson, Monete; Luhm, Theresa; Sciarra, David G. – Education Law Center, 2017
The National Report Card (NRC) evaluates and compares the extent to which state finance systems ensure equality of educational opportunity for all children, regardless of background, family income, place of residence, or school location. It is designed to provide policymakers, educators, business leaders, parents, and the public at large with…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Equity (Finance), Financial Support, State Aid
Education Law Center, 2017
There is no question that students who experience homelessness, like all students, are entitled to be educated. A federal law, known as the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, requires states to provide homeless children and youth with the same access to free appropriate public education as is available to other students. The Act also requires…
Descriptors: Student Rights, Homeless People, Disadvantaged Youth, Equal Education
Farrie, Danielle; Johnson, Monete – Education Law Center, 2017
In 2015, Education Law Center released a report documenting the strain on resources in the Newark Public Schools (NPS). Two years later the district is still feeling the impact of the underfunding of the state's school aid formula and the rapid expansion of the charter sector. Essential resources in district schools have been eroded, depriving…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Educational Finance, Budgets, Urban Schools
Farrie, Danielle; Johnson, Monete; Lecker, Wendy; Luhm, Theresa – Education Law Center, 2016
In the landmark school funding litigation, "Campaign for Fiscal Equity v. State" ("CFE"), the highest Court in New York recognized that reasonable class sizes are an essential element of a constitutional "sound basic education." In response to the rulings in the case, in 2007, the Legislature adopted a law mandating…
Descriptors: Class Size, Educational Finance, State Departments of Education, Planning
Baker, Bruce; Farrie, Danielle; Luhm, Theresa; Sciarra, David G. – Education Law Center, 2016
The National Report Card (NRC) evaluates and compares the extent to which state finance systems ensure equality of educational opportunity for all children, regardless of background, family income, place of residence, or school location. It is designed to provide policymakers, educators, business leaders, parents, and the public at large with…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Equity (Finance), Financial Support, State Aid
Farrie, Danielle; Johnson, Monete – Education Law Center, 2015
The budget of the State-operated Newark Public Schools (NPS) is now in its fourth year of crisis. The district is currently struggling to close a $13 million budget hole almost halfway into the school year. Most importantly, the ongoing budget crisis has eroded essential resources in district schools, depriving students of the opportunity for a…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Urban Schools, Educational Finance, Financial Support
Farrie, Danielle; Luhm, Theresa; Johnson, Monete – Education Law Center, 2015
The objective of this policy brief is to explain the purpose of adjustment aid in New Jersey's school funding formula and to correct several misconceptions about the level of aid and how it is distributed. The main conclusions include: (1) The amount of adjustment aid in the funding formula is currently overstated in the "informational"…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, Educational Finance, Misconceptions, Resource Allocation
Baker, Bruce D.; Sciarra, David G.; Farrie, Danielle – Education Law Center, 2015
While the United States was recovering from the recent economic stress caused by the Great Recession, individual state economies were improving at a slow pace. In 2012, state education budgets came to a crossroads, as most states had exhausted their allocations of federal stimulus dollars. Prior editions of this report noted how many states used…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Equity (Finance), Financial Support, State Aid
Michaels, Lauren S. – Education Law Center, 2014
This guide is designed to help advocates--including biological and adoptive parents, resource parents, adult students in foster care, and service providers--understand and advocate for the educational rights of children in New Jersey's foster care system. The guide explains the requirements of federal and state laws that particularly affect these…
Descriptors: Student Rights, Foster Care, State Legislation, Federal Legislation
Baker, Bruce D.; Sciarra, David G.; Farrie, Danielle – Education Law Center, 2014
The third edition of the National Report Card examines the condition of states' finance systems as the country emerges from the Great Recession, but is still wrestling with its consequences. As in prior editions, this Third Edition of the National Report Card continues to make the case for states to take immediate and longer-term action to improve…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Equity (Finance), Financial Support, State Aid
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