Today, Gov. Phil Murphy delivered his State of the State address. The governor covered many topics including education, but he did not mention the eradication of school boundary lines and the problematic practice of school districts hiring private investigators to track parents and children.
The NAACP and Latino Action Network’s lawsuit to end residential assignment of public schools remains in limbo, while the parties are in mediation.
A September 2023 poll found that most Americans (67%), including Democrats, Independents, and Republicans, support ending residential school assignments.
That same poll showed that, by more than a 10-to-1 margin (84% to 8%), Americans support giving every child in the United States the ability to attend the public school in their state that best meets their needs, regardless of where they live.
“One thing missing from the governor’s address today was ending discriminatory school district boundary lines,” said Erica Jedynak, chief operating officer, yes. every kid. “New Jersey families should be empowered to choose the school that best meets their kids’ unique needs regardless of government-imposed district boundaries. Unfortunately, many district boundaries are remnants of outdated and discriminatory redlining practices of the early 1900s. No student should be prevented from accessing the public school that best fits their needs just because of their socioeconomic status.”