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.

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. 

A Tale of Two States: Equity Outperforms Inequity

Posted on: Thursday February 13th, 2014

A new report details how New Jersey's fair school funding system, which dedicates more resources towards lower-income students, has helped the state beat out New York and become a model for ensuring equity and opportunity in education.

New York and New Jersey sit just on opposite sides of the Hudson River, but the two states are much further apart when it comes to investing in children and education.

Like Our Infographics? Watch Journey for Justice in Action

Posted on: Friday February 7th, 2014

Parents, students and teachers across the country are fighting for equitable school resources, community solutions and an end to mass school closures. If you like our infographics on school closures, don't miss this video from our grassroots ally Journey for Justice.

Parents, students and teachers across the country are fighting for equitable school resources, community solutions and an end to mass school closures. If you've been following our series of infographics on school closures, you know that closures disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families.

NJ Organizers Win Moratorium on Suspensions

Posted on: Monday November 4th, 2013

Thanks to the hard work of education organizers in Paterson, NJ, the local school board voted to institute a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions for minor misbehaviors like dress code violations, tardiness and willful disobedience.

On October 16, education organizers in Paterson, NJ, scored a victory for school discipline reform and the Solutions Not Suspensions initiative.

2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2013-07-09
Organization: 
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Type: 
Data
Category: 
Early Care and Education

The 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book provides a detailed picture of how children are faring in the United States. In addition to ranking states on overall child well-being, the Data Book ranks states in four domains: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community.

An Education Declaration to Rebuild America

Posted on: Friday June 14th, 2013

Every revolution needs a declaration. Against a backdrop of surging grassroots discontent with how the nation's K-12 public schools are currently governed, a diverse coalition of leaders from across the country have joined in support of "An Education Declaration to Rebuild America."

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Diverse Education Network Rejects 30 Years of Failed Policy,
Calls for New Direction Based on Research, Equity & Supports

Sign on and add your voice!

Ending Suspensions Is a Team Effort

Posted on: Monday June 3rd, 2013

In an inspiring display of cross-sector collaboration, the New York City School-Justice Partnership Task Force has released an action plan for NYC officials to reduce the use of suspensions, summonses, and arrests by building common cause between different agencies and communities and implementing positive discipline strategies.

Cross-Sector Advocates Release Action Plan for Reducing Suspensions in NYC
Highlights Positive Discipline Strategies from Across the Nation

The "Dirty Dozen": How Charters Influence Enrollment

Posted on: Wednesday May 29th, 2013

Proponents of charter schools and charter expansion consistently overlook serious issues with how these schools can selectively shape their student enrollment. A report from the National Education Policy Center describes 12 practices that charter schools use to push out or discourage enrollment of students with special needs, those with low test scores, English learners, or students in poverty.

Charter schools get a lot of hype in our nation's education debate, yet proponents of charter expansion consistently overlook serious issues with how these schools can selectively shape their student enrollment.