New Jersey

Bolder, broader strategy to ending poverty’s influence on education

Posted on: Tuesday November 29th, 2011

Pedro Noguera, Executive Director, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education

While it might seem encouraging for education and civil rights leaders to assert that poverty isn’t an obstacle to higher student achievement, the evidence does not support such claims. Over 50 years, numerous studies have documented how poverty and related social conditions – such as lack of access to health care, early childhood education and stable housing – affect child development and student achievement. The research never suggests that poor children are incapable of learning or that poverty itself should be regarded as a learning disability. Rather, research suggests that poor children encounter obstacles that often adversely affect their development and learning outcomes.

While it might seem encouraging for education and civil rights leaders to assert that poverty isn’t an obstacle to higher student achievement, the evidence does not support such claims. Over 50 years, numerous studies have documented how poverty and related social conditions – such as lack of access to health care, early childhood education and stable housing – affect child development and student achievement.

Lost Opportunity 50 State Report

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2009-09-23
Type: 
Report

In Lost Opportunity: A 50 State Report on the Opportunity to Learn in America, the Schott Foundation for Public Education establishes a metric for determining the opportunity to learn for students. Providing a state-by-state comparison of both academic proficiency (percentage of students scoring at or above proficient on the eighth grade NAEP reading exam) and equity (as measured by the Schott Foundation’s Opportunity to Learn Index, or OTLI), Lost Opportunity identifies the four baseline minimum resources that are necessary for a child – regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status – to have a fair and substantive Opportunity to Learn.

In the United States, every student should have the equal right to a high-quality education.  But as our most recent data demonstrates, for far too many students, quality and equity are aspirations, not realities.  Few states are providing public school educations that result in academic proficiency for students.  And even fewer states are providing access to a high-quality education to all students, particularly those from historically disadvantaged groups.

US DOE To Investigate 3 Cities for Civil Rights Violations in School Closings

Posted on: Thursday October 23rd, 2014

In a victory for parents and students fighting mass school closures and charter school expansion, the U.S. Department of Education has opened civil rights investigations in Chicago, Newark and New Orleans after organizers filed federal complaints in May.


Journey for Justice National Director Jitu Brown at a 
rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in May 2014. 
After the rally, organizers marched to the U.S. Dept.
of Justice to file the three civil rights complaints.

Newark Students Block Traffic to Take Back Their Schools

Posted on: Friday September 12th, 2014

When it comes to creating traffic jams, NJ Gov. Chris Christie might want to take a lesson from the students of Newark. On Wednesday, over 150 young organizers with the Newark Students Union shut down a major street in downtown Newark outside the school district headquarters for 10 hours to demand local control of their schools.

Our Newark
Photo via @seanick_

Feds Launch Investigation into Discrimination in Newark's School Reform Plan

Posted on: Wednesday July 23rd, 2014

After more than a year of protests by parents, students and teachers, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it will open a civil rights investigation looking at discrimination in the "One Newark" school reform plan.

Cami Anderson, the Superintendent of the state-controlled Newark Public Schools, is about to get some new company in her district. After more than a year of protests by parents, students and teachers, the U.S.

Hundreds Protest in Philly Against Govs. Corbett and Christie

Posted on: Tuesday June 10th, 2014

Hundreds of parents, students and teachers protested in Philadelphia yesterday outside a joint fundraising event for PA Gov. Tom Corbett and NJ Gov. Chris Christie. The protesters are fighting against the education policies of the two governors, which have starved public schools of funding and left students without access to resources like full-time school nurses.

Philly Rally for Full Funding, Local Control and a Nurse in Every School

Posted on: Monday June 9th, 2014

Students, parents and teachers in Philadelphia will protest Pennsylania Gov. Tom Corbett and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at their joint event at the Union League, 140 South Broad Street, on Monday, June 9th. Join us and take a stand for full funding and community control for public schools!

Govs. Corbett and Christie Are Coming to Philadelphia.
Join Us for a Rally to Demand Full Funding, Local Control!

At the Union League at 4pm on Monday, June 9th

Newark Students Occupy School Board Meeting

Posted on: Thursday May 22nd, 2014

Members of the Newark Student Union shut down a school board meeting this week by holding a sit-in and refusing to leave the district building. They are demanding that the district adopt the Newark Promise plan that would support all students with additional school resources.

Newark, NJ, is a city at a crossroads. For the past several years under the direction of state-appointed Superintendent Cami Anderson, the school district has followed the national trend of requiring schools to make do with fewer resources and closing (or turning into charters) those that struggle.

Newark Clergy Call for Moratorium on Education "Reforms"

Posted on: Wednesday April 23rd, 2014

Dozens of Newark clergy members submitted a powerful letter to NJ Gov. Chris Christie calling for a moratorium on the proposed reforms and for meaningful community input moving forward.


Photo: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

New Jersey Organizers Demand a Voice in Education Debate

Posted on: Monday March 31st, 2014

On March 27, advocates in NJ rallied to protest the market-based reform policies that are hurting their public schools and to demand a new approach to supporting and improving the state's education system.

The fight over public schools is heating up in New Jersey. On March 27, advocates from across the state rallied at the NJ State House to protest the market-based reform policies that are hurting their public schools and to demand a new approach to supporting and improving the state's education system. 

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