In a Philadelphia Inquirer opinion article by alumnus Derick D. Dailey ’17, Dailey explains the role that a New Jersey lawsuit can play in desegregating its schools.
I grew up in Little Rock, Ark., in the 1990s, the place where nine Black students integrated Central High School in 1957. That integration was only made possible when President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent federal troops to Little Rock to protect those nine Black students.
But school segregation is not a Southern problem, nor is it confined to the past. The issue is widespread and can exist most severely in Northern states.
There is no question that New Jersey’s school segregation is a product of the state assigning students to public schools based on their zip code, and a school funding formula that was recently described as “outdated” and “in need of recalibration” by the New Jersey Policy Perspective.
This case has drawn attention to the need for legislative reforms to integrate New Jersey’s schools. The legislature is currently considering a bill that would create a Division of Segregation within the Department of Education to study segregation.