Bringing Students Together: The Obstacles and Opportunities of School District Consolidation: Overview

 

Cosponsored Forum: Educational Testing Service (ETS) and Education Law Center (ELC)

Bringing Students Together: The Obstacles and Opportunities of School District Consolidation

Overview

Consolidation of New Jersey’s more than 590 school districts, while challenging, could increase equity and educational outcomes and potentially yield economic benefits to the state. ETS and ELC hosted a forum on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, that examined these benefits, considered the challenges, and worked to re-engage stakeholders and the public in this important discussion.

Event presentations and discussions highlighted the benefits of consolidation and identified legislative and advocacy strategies that can move the issue forward.

The primary goal of the forum was to re-engage interested groups and stakeholders in the issue; and develop an action plan, including a communications strategy, to move the issue forward over the next year and a half in the State Legislature and in preparation for a new governor.

 

Presentations and Topics Discussed at the Forum

  • Background: New Jersey School District Configuration and Student Demographics

    Danielle Farrie, Research Director, Education Law Center
    View the New Jersey School District Configuration and Student Demographics Danielle Farrie, slides >

  • The New Jersey Constitution and Case Law on School Consolidation, Segregation and Diversity

    Gary Stein, N.J. Supreme Court Justice (retired)
    Deborah Poritz, Chief Justice, N.J. Supreme Court (retired)
    Moderator: David Sciarra

  • History and Opportunity: New Jersey’s Experience with District Consolidation and the 2007 CORE Act

    Theresa Luhm, Managing Director, Education Law Center
    View the New Jersey’s Experience with District Consolidation and the 2007 CORE Act slides >

  • Benefits and Obstacles to School District Consolidation

    Stephen Hanson, Professor, Rutgers University
    Michael Nettles, Senior Vice President, ETS
    Paul Tractenberg, Professor of Law, Rutgers University School of Law (retired)
    Moderator: Gordon MacInnes, President, New Jersey Policy Perspective
    View the Benefits and Obstacles to School District Consolidation slides>

  • Creating the South Hunterdon Regional School District: Lessons Learned and Future Plans

    Dan Seiter, President, South Hunterdon Regional School District Board of Education
    Louis Muenker, Superintendent, South Hunterdon Regional School District
    Kerri Wright, Attorney, Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C.
    Moderator: Sharon Krengel, Policy & Outreach Director, Education Law Center

  • Moving the Agenda Forward: Legislative Obstacles and Opportunities

    Senator Chris Bateman
    Senator Bob Smith
    Moderator: Sharon Krengel

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