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Author Yaffe, Deborah, 1965-

Title Other people's children : the battle for justice and equality in New Jersey's schools / Deborah Yaffe.

Publication Info. New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, [2007]


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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 370 pages)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Jersey city's tax war -- Celebrating the bicentennial -- The true believer -- Son of Robinson -- The families -- "The system is broken" -- The twenty-one/forty-one rule -- The children of Abbott -- A constitutional right to astroturf -- "We do not run school systems" -- The children grow up.
Note Description based on print version record.
Summary In 1981, when Raymond Abbott was a twelve-year-old sixth-grader in Camden, New Jersey, poor city school districts like his spent 25 percent less per student than the state's wealthy suburbs did. That year, Abbott became the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit demanding that the state provide equal funding for all schools. Over the next twenty-five years, as the non-profit law firm representing the plaintiffs won ruling after ruling from the New Jersey Supreme Court, Abbott dropped out of school, fought a cocaine addiction, and spent time in prison before turning his life around. Raymond Abbott's is just one of the many human stories that have too often been forgotten in the policy battles New Jersey has waged for two generations over equal funding for rich and poor schools. "Other People's Children", the first book to tell the story of this decades-long school funding battle, interweaves the public story - an account of legal and political wrangling over laws and money - with the private stories of the inner-city children who were named plaintiffs in the state's two school funding lawsuits, Robinson v. Cahill and Abbott v. Burke. Although these cases have shaped New Jersey's fiscal and political landscape since the 1970s, most recently in legislative arguments over tax reform, the debate has often been too abstract and technical for most citizens to understand. Written in an accessible style and based on dozens of interviews with lawyers, politicians, and the plaintiffs themselves, "Other People's Children" crystallizes the arguments and clarifies the issues for general readers. Beyond its implications for New Jersey, this book is an important contribution to the conversations taking place in all states about the nation's responsibility for its poor, and the role of public schools in providing equal opportunities and promising upward mobility for hard-working citizens, regardless of race or class.
Note GMD: electronic resource.
Subject Education -- Finance -- Law and legislation -- New Jersey.
Educational law and legislation -- New Jersey.
Property tax -- Law and legislation -- New Jersey.
Public schools -- New Jersey -- Finance.
Educational equalization -- New Jersey -- Costs.
Education and state -- New Jersey.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Yaffe, Deborah, 1965- Other people's children. New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, c2007 (DLC) 2007006033
ISBN 9780813542058 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0813542057 (hardcover: alkaline paper)
9780813542058 (hardcover: alkaline paper)
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