“The history and vigor of our State’s policy in favor of a thorough and efficient public school system are matched in its policy against racial discrimination and segregation in the public schools.”
“…[T]he State Commissioner must have power to cross district lines to avoid ‘segregation in fact,’” including “full power to direct a merger on his own if he finds such course ultimately necessary for fulfillment of the State’s educational and desegregation policies in the public schools.”
-Jenkins v. Township of Morris School District, 58 N.J. 483 (1971)
“Today, education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments,” and, “in the field of public education, the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.”
-Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954)
“…[I]n a society such as ours, it is not enough that the 3 R’s are being taught properly for there are other vital considerations. The children must learn to respect and live with one another in multi-racial and multi-cultural communities and the earlier they do so the better.”
-Booker v. Board of Education, Plainfield, 45 N.J. 161 (1965)
The Morris Project was launched under the auspices of the Rutgers-Newark Institute on Education Law and Policy, but since January 2016 has been housed at the Center for Diversity and Equality in Education.
The Morris Project is an ongoing study of New Jersey’s Morris School District and its potential to serve as a model for diversifying elementary and secondary schools. The goal of The Morris Project is to use applied educational and legal research and analysis of the experience of the Morris School District, culminating in the release of a book-length study, and the development of an action plan to change the reality of students’ educational experiences across New Jersey. Full Report.