Education Law Center Merger Talks

The New York Times
is reporting today that NJ’s Education Law Center, primary advocates for poor urban districts known as Abbotts, may merge with New York City’s Campaign for Fiscal Equity. The NYC operation is out of money and down to one employee.

While NJ’s Supreme Court has maintained its power in allocating money to Abbott districts, NY’s court system has “largely left it to the Legislature to decide how much additional money should flow to poor districts” after Campaign for Fiscal Equity won its case thirteen years ago. Said ELC’s Executive Director David Sciarra, “We’ve been asked to explore how the center can continue the C.F.E. legal effort to secure adequate funding for New York’s school children.”