Education

The South Jersey Women for Progressive Change Education Committee​ ​is an all-volunteer group of teachers, parents and grandparents, education advocates and ​c​citizens.

We believe that strong (and joyful!) public education is at the cornerstone of a robust democracy.​ It is our hope ​our work ​will ​will help advocate for healthy schools and wonderful learning environments for all children across New Jersey.​ We are collaborating to actively create more democratic school systems ​that are relevant and responsive to all children.

We are particularly concerned about the Department of Education under Trump’s appointee, Betsy DeVos, and are working to actively fight her agenda of privatization, standardization, school vouchers, the attack on special education and civil rights, and the chronic underfunding of schools. (All of these, sadly, are New Jersey problems as well!)

 

Take Action

  1. Join SJW4PC Education Committee Facebook group. There you can stay up-to-date on all our events. We host talks with local experts on education issues and hold monthly meetings in South Jersey.  We are very friendly, and always have fun while we resist!
  2. Attend your local Board of Education meetings. Show the board you’re interested and engaged. Information about time and location can be found on your school district’s website.
  3. Run for an elected position on your local school board. If you want to get in on the ground floor of educational change, check the website of your local school district to find out how many seats are available in 2017 and your township clerk to find out how to run. School board elections occur in odd numbered years.
  4. Ask your state and federal representatives to increase funding for education. Make it clear that education is a top priority in every progressive society and legislators who do not fight vigorously for students, teachers, and administrators have no place in public office.
  5. Attend a State Board of Education meeting, and consider testifying. Haven’t testified before? No problem! Come to our meetings for a user-friendly introduction and to join our group that heads regularly to Trenton.

Other useful links:

Save our Schools NJ is a grassroots, all-volunteer organization of parents and other public education supporters that organizes across the state to ensure that our children’s education is not compromised to political or ideological objectives.

The Network for Public Education is an advocacy group whose mission is to preserve, promote, improve and strengthen public schools for current and future generations of students.

Our Children/Our Schools is a statewide network of education, children’s rights and civil rights advocates and organizations that promotes the importance of adequate and equitable school funding; quality programs; teacher, parent and community input in schools; and other policies crucial to student success.

Badass Teachers Association, or “BATS,” is an organization of fearless teachers dedicated to the advancement of teacher-family voices in legislative processes that affect students. BATs aim to reduce excess testing and increase teacher autonomy.

The New Jersey Education Association works to advance and protect the rights,  benefits, and interests of members, and promote a quality system of public education for all  students.

The National Partnership for Educational Access is a membership association for organizations, programs, and institutions that are committed to educational access for underrepresented students.