Education Law Center (ELC) (NJ)

Founded 1973. Leading voice for New Jersey’s public school children and advocate for equal educational opportunity. Headquarted in Newark, NJ
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Primary geographic focus: New Jersey
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: ELC
Tags: Schools: Discipline

Founded in 1973, the Education Law Center (ELC) serves as the leading voice for New Jersey’s public school children and has become one of the most effective advocates for equal educational opportunity and education justice in the United States. Widely recognized for groundbreaking court rulings on behalf of at-risk students, ELC also promotes educational equity through coalition building, litigation support, policy development, communications, and action-focused research in New Jersey, in other states, and at the federal level.

ELC’s legal and policy advocacy, which includes such landmark rulings as Abbott v. Burke, has significantly advanced the provision of fair school funding, high quality early education, safe and adequate school facilities, and school reform, especially to schools serving high concentrations of at-risk students and students with disabilities and other special needs. These successes have, in turn, resulted in strong academic gains and progress in closing student achievement gaps in New Jersey.

ELC was founded in 1973 by Professor Paul Tractenberg of Rutgers Law School in Newark with a start-up grant from the Ford Foundation. Professor Tractenberg, while working on the Robinson v. Cahill school finance case (1970-75), came to understand that a concerted effort was needed to end New Jersey’s discriminatory practice of funding suburban schools at a much higher level than urban schools.

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