OBSERVATIONS, COMMENTS AND MUSINGS BY PROFESSOR PAUL TRACTENBERG
Board of Governors Distingushed Service Professor and Alfred C. Clapp Distinguished Public Service Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School - Newark and Founding Director of the Rutgers-Newark Institute on Education Law and Policy
DON'T USE AUDITS TO INDICT THE STATE-RUN SCHOOL DISTRICTS
February 12, 2007
The op-ed piece below originally appeared in the Newark Star-Ledger on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007.
The audit reports released recently by the state Education Department have triggered a flood of over-the-top rhetoric about waste in four of our largest high-poverty urban districts. One can speculate about the reason for this reaction, but animosity in some quarters towardthe Abbott vs. Burke court rulings and the constitutional mandate for increased funding to improve education of our poorest students is likely to top the list.
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE NJDOE-APPOINTED EXPERTS (1/5/2007)
January 5, 2007
Below is the text of an e-mail sent by Prof. Tractenberg:
January 4, 2007
Dear Professors Odden and Picus and Mr. Olchefske:
I am writing in response to the January 2nd public announcement of your engagement by the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) to review and comment on its recently-disseminated Report on the Cost of Education. This report represents NJDOE’s summary account of an education cost study undertaken by the agency in early 2003. Read More
GOING BEYOND LIP SERVICE ON DESEGREGATING NEW JERSEY’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS (11/16/2006)
November 16, 2006
Next week, Governor Corzine will preside over a special ceremony that dedicates the Department of Education building in honor of Judge Robert L. Carter. This is a well-deserved honor for a man who has been at the forefront of civil rights, and who has devoted his career to securing equal educational opportunity for all children.
THOROUGH AND EFFICIENT EDUCATION FOR ALL: MOVE FORWARD, NOT BACK
October 17, 2006
The Law Journal published three consecutive editorials in September, totaling almost 3,000 words, on the state\'s constitutional obligation to provide all its children with a "thorough and efficient" education.
Unfortunately, by proposing that we move backward, not forward, the editorials contribute nothing useful to the debate about how to prepare our 1.2 million public school students for citizenship and to participate in the global economy. In fact, opinions such as those expressed in the editorials are more likely to undermine efforts now underway to reform our outmoded tax structure and school funding formula. Read More
NEW JERSEY GOVERNORS AND EDUCATION: PERFECT TOGETHER?
November 18, 2005
New Jersey’s last six governors, by choice or by force of circumstance, have had intimate connections to public education. Governor-elect Jon Corzine will surely continue the streak. It hardly could be otherwise, given our state’s long quest to equalize educational opportunities for all in accordance with the state constitutional command.