Managing for Equity in Schools Requires Public Hearings; Not Simple Readoption of Failed Policies

Newark, NJ — This month, the State Board of Education voted to move forward with the readoption of NJ Administrative Code 6A:7 – Managing for Equality and Equity in Education. We believe that the readoption of this code in its current form will not provide an adequate roadmap to ensure equitable outcomes for all of New Jersey’s students.

As a collective of organizations who work day-to-day on education issues in our communities, we call on our State Board of Education to be courageous and bold enough to hold public hearings on this issue and not simply make it another checkbox exercise for local school districts to ignore.

As unimaginable as it may seem, March 16, 2023 marks the third anniversary of Governor Murphy’s executive order to shut down our schools and move to virtual instruction for all students. Little did we know at the time how much these necessary public health measures and subsequent emergency actions would reveal about the inequities for our low-income and BIPOC communities.

Two months later, on May 25, 2020, as many of our students and teachers were just getting accustomed to the new reality of virtual instruction, George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police officers. In the following days, educators and parents were faced with the daunting task of helping our children process this horrific modern-day lynching!

As we fast-forward to today, our state still has not offered transparent data on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the parallel reckoning of racial injustice for students of color and all students. The reality is that we all know the data is alarming for white and BIPOC students alike.

After all that our educators, parents and, most importantly, our children have endured the past three years, this is not the time for readoption of failed policies.

OPEN, TRANSPARENT, and DELIBERATIVE PUBLIC HEARINGS are the only way to proceed if we truly seek equity for all students in New Jersey.


Peter T. Rosario
President and CEO
La Casa de Don Pedro, Inc.


Charles PayneCornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, Rutgers Newark
Karen H JacksonEast Orange Child Development Corporation
Grace BlancoIronbound Community Corporation
Margaret MoralesLa Casa de Don Pedro, Inc.
Jesselly De La CruzLatino Action Network Foundation
Marcela I. LenoxMorris County Organization of Hispanic Affairs
Larry LeverettNew Jersey Network of Superintendents
Robert ClarkNewark Opportunity Youth Network
Ronald ChaluisanNewark Trust for Education
Tara JonesPassaic Family Head Start
Shadura LeeSalvation and Social Justice
SanDonna JonesUnited Vailsburg Services Organization
Vivian Cox FraserUrban League of Essex County

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