Policy Documents

New Jersey’s Apartheid and Intensely Segregated Urban Schools

Paul Tractenberg, Gary Orfield, and Greg Flaxman –
October 4, 2013

In this controversial and provocative study, the authors assert that New Jersey condones–even abets–racial segregation in its public schools. This new report from a research institute at Rutgers University calls it “apartheid.”  More specifically, the report asserts:

In a new report, the Project describes in detail the slightly improved but still desperately inadequate state of New Jersey’s school desegregation. In this related, but narrower, report, co-developed by Professor Orfield’s Civil Rights Project and the Rutgers-Newark Institute on Education Law and Policy, we zero in on a particular aspect of New Jersey’s school segregation—the degree to which it creates enormous headwinds for the state’s poor urban school districts. In effect, the educational success of the school funding litigation is being undermined by the extent to which the poor urban districts are overwhelmingly populated by low-income children of color with vastly greater educational needs than the norm. And they are living in an extraordinary state of isolation, which does not bode well for our state and society.