The landmark 1998 Abbott V decision directed the state of New Jersey to provide those requirements. But a series of Governors and Legislators has whittled away the intent of the law. Under the new School funding Reform Act of 2008, Paterson faces flat or declining state funding with no local tax base to make up the needed difference. NJ has built only 3 of the 14 new schools that Paterson needs. And less money available for tutoring, summer programs, health supports and other supplemental programs to help overcome disadvantage.
It’s not OK.
So we have joined 4 other advocacy and organizing groups based in Newark, Jersey City and Paterson to organize around these issues. PEF and SEOC-Paterson are the Paterson team. One Newark Education Coalition, Jersey City Statewide Education Organizing Committee, Abbott Leadership Institute, and the Education Law Center, support the work in Newark and Jersey City. Representing New Jersey’s 3 largest cities and more than 94,000 children, we have formed the New Jersey Education Organizing Collaborative (NJEOC).
We are working on local campaigns within our cities as well as campaigning on our state issues.
For the history of the Abbott legislation, go to www.edlawcenter.org.