WNYC, NJ Spotlight News, Chalkbeat Newark, and The Center for Cooperative Media host “The State of Segregation”
Experts, journalists, Newark community members, and students will discuss segregation in New Jersey’s schools and what can be done to combat it
Thursday, October 26 from 5:15-8 p.m. at the Newark Public Library
Presented as part of a larger reporting collaboration among almost a dozen journalistic outlets about one of the most segregated educational systems in the country
(New York, NY, October 19, 2023) – On Thursday, October 26, four journalistic organizations – WNYC, NJ Spotlight News, Chalkbeat Newark, and the Center for Cooperative Media – will host “The State of Segregation,” a community event and discussion focused on racial segregation in New Jersey schools.
WNYC Morning Edition host Michael Hill will lead a conversation about the pervasive segregation in New Jersey’s schools with NJ Spotlight News’ Colleen O’Dea and special guest Dr. Charles Payne, the Henry Rutgers Distinguished Professor of African American Studies and Director of the Joseph Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Research at Rutgers University. In addition, Jessie Gomez of Chalkbeat Newark will moderate a discussion with students and community advocates from Newark to talk about their experiences with diversity, race and access to resources in schools.
Members of the public will have a chance to ask the panelists questions, share their experiences and help inform ongoing press coverage of segregation in New Jersey.
This event is an opportunity for parents, students, and members of the community to engage directly with journalists to inform coverage and to contribute to a dialogue that could shape policy in New Jersey.
This event takes place October 26 from 5:15-8 p.m. at the Newark Public Library (Main Branch, 2nd floor), 5 Washington St., Newark, and is free to the public. Registration is required here.
The State of Segregation is presented as part of the “Segregated NJ” project, a collaborative reporting project among nearly a dozen news organizations in New Jersey – initiated by WNYC and NJ Spotlight News – to explore to social, economic, educational and structural forces that make the state’s educational system one of the most segregated in the nation. WNYC’s stories on the close connection between housing policy and segregation are here; additional stories are at segregatednj.org.
Seventy years after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Brown v Board of Education, ruling “separate but equal” to be unconstitutional, New Jersey’s public education system is still grappling with segregation. In Newark, Chalkbeat’s reporting shows many schools are individually majority Black or majority Latino, but those populations are often underrepresented among the city’s teaching staff.
A state Superior Court in October ruled that New Jersey has a responsibility to address segregation in its schools — but it’s still unclear what next steps that could mean for policymakers or advocates suing to force change.
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