The links below are to selected organizations and individuals whose efforts inform and complement my own.
Save Our Schools New Jersey – A nonpartisan, grassroots organization of parents and others who believe that all New Jersey children deserve access to high-quality public education. Established only two years ago, it now reaches 10,000 NJ residents through its website and Facebook page.
School Finance 101 – Bruce Baker, a professor at Rutgers and expert on school finance, applies his skills as a writer and research analyst to clarifying current reports not only on school finance but on charter schools, teacher unions, assessment controversies, and similar topics. Top notch!
Education Law Center – For four decades, the Education Law Center has been a leading advocate for public school children in New Jersey, promoting educational equity through research, communication, and litigation.
Changing Worlds – A multicultural education project that develops and distributes supplementary art and literacy programs, many produced by students themselves, Changing Worlds serves schools throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. (I helped to establish it a dozen years ago.)
Bridging Differences – A semi-weekly blog written by visionary educator (and MacArthur award winner) Deborah Meier and others; when it began five years ago, it was with historian Diane Ravitch. New York University sociologist Pedro Noguero replaced her, and now her exchanges are with a variety of other noted commentators. They address issues of equal access and opportunity in urban schools.
Paul Tough – Author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character (2012) and Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America (2008), Tough writes about enlightened ways to address disparities in educational outcomes.
Gene Maeroff – A distinguished writer on education and current president of the Edison (NJ) board of education, Maeroff is author of School Boards in America: A Flawed Exercise in Democracy (2010), an upcoming book on how reforming a school system can help revive a city, and several others.
Diane Ravitch – Ravitch’s work has informed my own since I read her Great School Wars (1974) soon after it was published. Once a supporter of standards-driven, corporate-style reform, she soon saw the movement’s destructiveness, which she wrote about in The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice are Undermining Education (2010).