The Institute on Education Law and Policy is New Jersey's premier center for interdisciplinary research and innovative thinking on education policy. Founded in 2000 by Professor Paul Tractenberg of Rutgers Law School-Newark as the capstone to his career in education reform, the Institute's mission is four-fold:

• to promote education reform and improvement through research, policy analysis and public discussion

• to mobilize lawyers, scholars and education practitioners to address complex and controversial issues in education law and policy in a comprehensive, in-depth manner

• to improve public understanding of these issues

• to serve as a center for learning and innovative thinking about legal and public policy issues relating to education

Issues affecting New Jersey's urban students and educators are the Institute's primary focus, but those issues are addressed in the context of the state's wide diversity and with an eye toward their ramifications for the nation as a whole. The Institute's work includes:

• applied collaborative research by legal scholars and social scientists

• reports and other publications

• invitational meetings and conferences

• analysis of education law and policy issues for the benefit of policy makers and the public.