- Relationship to lawsuit challenging segregation in public schools and charter schools across New Jersey: TIP’s work intersects with the case, Latino Action Network, et al. v. State of New Jersey, which was filed in state court on May 17, 2018 (the 64th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education). Latino Action Network claims that segregation by race and poverty in the state’s public schools and charter schools violates New Jersey’s constitution. Boddie has been a key leader in the case and has worked both to raise awareness about the problems of school segregation and to build public will to tackle it. For additional information, please see https://www.inclusiveschoolsnj.org/
- Advancing equitable education: Through community engagement and dialogue TIP seeks to advance a vision of equitable education that could be adopted by the courts, state education officials, and/or by the state legislature. Our premise is that equity is about more than just racial integration in student assignments. It also includes hiring practices that promote diversity among school administrators, faculty, and staff; a curriculum that takes account of the diverse backgrounds and experiences of students, including special needs students; the elimination of tracking and discriminatory disciplinary practices that undermine student development and achievement; implicit bias training for school district leadership, administrators and personnel; and inclusive environments in public schools and classrooms.
- On March 19, 2019, Elise Boddie testified about school segregation before the NJ State Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Schools. Her testimony is attached.