Education Law Center


Suite 300
60 Park Place
Newark, NJ 07102
County: Essex


Ms. Theresa Luhm, Esq.

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To support ELC's advocacy on four key education priorities: fair school funding, school construction, preschool expansion, and standards and assessments.

Organization Background

Founded in 1973, 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 in the nation. Widely recognized for groundbreaking court rulings on behalf of at-risk students, ELC also promotes education equity through data collection and research, coalition and network building, policy development, and communications.

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 education reform, especially in 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 achievement gaps in New Jersey.

David G. Sciarra has served as ELC Executive Director since 1995. In addition to supervising ELC's operations, Mr. Sciarra serves as lead counsel for the school children in Abbott v. Burke. Under his leadership, ELC has greatly expanded its capacity to provide services to individual students and parents seeking legal assistance, and provide data, research and other support to a wide range of education stakeholders. Prior to joining ELC, David spent many years as a civil rights lawyer in New Jersey, including 10 years at the NJ Public Advocate.

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