A Holistic Approach for Improving Educational Equity In Jersey City Public Schools

Ensure That Infrastructure Renovations Support Student Health and Safety

  • Research shows that factors like temperature in the classroom, air circulation and air quality, as well as outdoor recess times and movement, have a direct effect on the academic performance of students.
  • At a time when health is a top priority, it is essential that the federal resources allocated to our schools in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic are applied in a way that will maximize positive impact on the classrooms. We intend to ensure that all renovations to our school facilities prioritize health and safety of our students and staff.

Improve the Quality of Special Needs Services for Students and Parents

  • As a district we must strive to provide special education students with necessary life skills, and expose them to careers via community internships and apprenticeships. There are creative ways to infuse regular Language and Arts and Math curriculum with skills that are necessary for daily living and establishing quality of life.
  • We strive to help parents and guardians gain better understanding of their child’s IEP, and obtain greater access to supporting resources and services. Transparency creates an opportunity for teachers, parents and Child Study Teams to work together to improve educational results for children with disabilities.

Identify And Target Chronic Absenteeism In Jersey City Public Schools

  • Chronically absent students miss 10% or greater of the total number of days enrolled during the school year.
  • Chronic absenteeism is a primary cause of poor academic achievement.
  • During the 2018-2019 school year, 15.2% of students in the district were identified as chronically absent, approximately 1 in 6 students. (The New Jersey State Average is 10.6 % or 1 in 10 students)
  • Due to remote learning, the New Jersey Department of Education cannot collect data pertaining to chronic absenteeism during the 2020-2021 school year. Still, research indicates remote learning will contribute to an increase in chronically absent students.
  • We plan to design and implement a mentoring initiative based on the model of success provided by the New York City Success Mentor Corps, a research-based data-driven mentoring model that has improved attendance, behavior, and educational outcomes for at-risk students in low-income communities.

Establish Non-Profit Revenues For Jersey City Public Schools

  • Jersey City Public Schools are continuously struggling with funding shortages and state budget cuts. When schools are not properly funded it impacts not only the quality of education, but also the quality of life throughout the city.
  • To help tackle the funding shortages that our schools face, we plan to apply the extensive fundraising experience of the JCPS parent groups to establish a non-profit foundation that can support our district with alternative sources of revenue.
  • In addition to that, we aspire to renew the dialogue with the state leadership to ensure that Jersey City Public Schools have an equitable representation and consideration when it comes to funding.

Improve Jersey City High School College Readiness and Professional Development

  • College Board defines college readiness as being prepared for any type of post-secondary education, including two-year and four-year institutions and trade and technical schools offering workforce training programs.
  • The U.S. News & World Report’s college readiness index (CRI) score is measured by the proportion of a school’s 12th graders who took and earned a qualifying score on AP/IB exams. The maximum possible CRI is 100.
Students enrolled in one or more AP or IB course91.7%51.9%46.2%37.4%18.0%8.4%5.6%5.5%
Students with one or
more exams with a score
of at least 3 on AP exams
or 4 on IB exams
74.6%30.9%22.2%11.4%5.7%No Data4.7%2.6%
The data is provided by the New Jersey Department of Education’s School Performance Reports for 2018-2019. It should also be noted that the high schools listed do not offer the same number of AP/IB courses so participation is limited in some high schools.
  • To improve college readiness, we intend to work with the New Jersey Council of Community Colleges (NJCCC) and the State of New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) to provide Jersey City high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to achieve college readiness in reading, writing, and mathematics.

Focus On District-Wide Parent Council Support And Equity

  • There is a great number of dedicated parents that support our Jersey City Public Schools, whether they are stand-alone parent volunteers or established parent council groups formed under PTA, PTO, or a non-profit model. These parents tirelessly work to raise awareness on important educational issues, raise funds for daily classroom needs, and provide other forms of support for teachers, staff and the larger JCPS parent community.
  • These dedicated groups and individuals deserve a high level of support from our district. We hope to establish a uniform policy and framework to empower all JCPS parent groups throughout the city, and to facilitate their efforts.