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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
Baker, Bruce; Sciarra, David; Farrie, Danielle – Education Law Center, 2012
Policymakers, elected officials, educators, parents and advocates are currently engaged in long-overdue dialogue about how to improve our nation's public schools. Unfortunately, when it comes to school funding, the conversation is framed by recurring, but outmoded, adages: "Does money matter?" or "Can we do more with less?" or "Our state already…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Equity (Finance), Public Education, Elementary Secondary Education
Statfeld, Jenna L. – Education Law Center, 2011
Post-school transition is the movement of a child with disabilities from school to activities that occur after the completion of school. This paper provides information about: (1) post-school transition; (2) transition plan; (3) transition services; (4) transition planning; (5) vocational rehabilitation services; (6) services that are available…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Individualized Education Programs, Individualized Transition Plans, Postsecondary Education
Goldman, Dan; Boylan, Ellen – Education Law Center, 2010
This policy brief addresses federal and state constitutional issues that arise when faith-based organizations participate in state prekindergarten (pre-k) programs and recommends safeguards to ensure that public funding of those programs complies with constitutional principles respecting the separation of church and state and freedom of religion.…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, State Aid, Religious Organizations, State Church Separation
Baker, Bruce D.; Sciarra, David G.; Farrie, Danielle – Education Law Center, 2010
Building a more accurate, reliable and consistent method of analyzing how states fund public education starts with a critical question: What is fair school funding? In this report, "fair" school funding is defined as a state finance system that ensures equal educational opportunity by providing a sufficient level of funding distributed…
Descriptors: Poverty, Family Income, Educational Finance, Educational Opportunities
Boylan, Ellen; Goldman, Dan – Education Law Center, 2010
States and local school districts are required by federal law to educate preschool age children with disabilities in typical early childhood programs alongside children who do not have disabilities to the maximum extent appropriate. This policy brief provides an overview of the law and sets forth a list of policy recommendations that can help…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Federal Legislation, Disabilities, Public Education
Boylan, Ellen; Splansky, Deborah – Education Law Center, 2010
The federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act ("McKinney-Vento") provides federal funding to states to address the problems that homeless children and youth encounter in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in the nation's public schools. McKinney-Vento requires states to develop plans that ensure homeless children and youth the…
Descriptors: Homeless People, Disadvantaged Youth, Federal Legislation, Access to Education
Giles, David, Ed. – Education Law Center, 2008
This manual is designed to help advocates, including parents, obtain special education for children with disabilities residing in New Jersey. It explains the requirements of the federal statute governing special education--the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)--and the federal regulations implementing IDEA, as well as the state…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Education, Civil Rights, Laws, Disabilities
Bulkley, Katrina – Education Law Center, 2007
Most of New Jersey's charter schools are located in the state's poorer, urban school districts, or "Abbott" districts, and exclusively serve students from those communities. A number of other schools are located outside of the Abbott districts but enroll students from these districts. Specifically, of the 50 charter schools operating in…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Charter Schools, Core Curriculum, Poverty
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