Center for Diversity and Equality in Education

 

 
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Paul Tractenberg was the Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor and the Alfred C. Clapp, Jr., Distinguished Public Service Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School in Newark until his retirement from full-time law teaching on January 1, 2016. Since then, he has assumed emeritus status, and has established and is president of a new non-profit organization, the Center for Diversity and Equality in Education (CDEE).

In 1973, Professor Tractenberg established the Education Law Center and was its first director for three years. In that capacity, he was instrumentally involved in Robinson v. Cahill, the predecessor case to Abbott v. Burke, New Jersey’s long-running school funding equalization and educational reform case. Professor Tractenberg played a major role in Abbott as well. All told, he has presented arguments in the New Jersey Supreme Court 14 times in that litigation.

In 2000,  he established the Rutgers-Newark Institute on Education Law and Policy (IELP), and he directed or co-directed it until his 2016 retirement. During those years, IELP was the home base for Professor Tractenberg's research and advocacy, including a December 2016 report published by The Century Foundation on the Morris School District's efforts to achieve school integration andthe reports referenced below.

Professor Tractenberg is the author of Courting Justice: Ten New Jersey Cases that Shook the Nation (Rutgers University Press, 2013).  He has authored or edited five other books, and has written many dozens of articles for law, education and public policy journals, book chapters, book reviews and op-eds mainly on education law and policy topics. He also has authored or co-authored many research reports, including two reports in 2013 on New Jersey’s extreme educational segregation published in collaboration with the UCLA Civil Rights Project. One of those reports has recently been released in updated form and a CDEE report issued on May 1, 2018 updates and expands upon the second 2013 report. Professor Ryan Coughlan, a senior member of the CDEE research team, has been co-author and/or a lead researcher on these four reports.

Recent Publications

NJ Spotlight: OP-ED: Newark's Long Road To Local Control Of Schools - Where Will It Lead? by Paul Tractenberg, September 21, 2017.

OP-ED: CHRISTIE’S ‘FAIRNESS FORMULA’ VERSUS SWEENEY’S ‘FORMULA 4 SUCCESS’ by Paul Tractenberg, July 11, 2016.

PODCAST: IS ABBOTT DEAD? SCHOOL REFORM AND FUNDING IN THE CITIES, December 28, 2015.

OP-ED: STATE BOARD PLAYS CENTRAL ROLE IN RESTORING LOCAL CONTROL IN NEWARK by Paul Tractenberg, July 7, 2015.

NEW JERSEY'S APARTHEID AND INTENSELY SEGREGATED URBAN SCHOOLS, OCTOBER, 2013.

A STATUS QUO OF SEGREGATION: RACIAL AND ECONOMIC IMBALANCE IN NEW JERSEY SCHOOLS, 1989-2010, John Kucsera, Gary Orfield, Jennifer Ayscue, and Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, October, 2013.

A TALE OF TWO DEEPLY DIVIDED NJ PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEMS by Paul Tractenberg, December 31, 2013.

 
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Allison Roda is an assistant professor of education in the Molloy College Ed.D. program Educational Leadership for Diverse Learning Communities; aroda@molloy.edu. Roda’s research and teaching interests are focused on urban education policy, educational stratification, families and schools, and qualitative research methods. She is the author of Inequality in Gifted and Talented Programs: Parental Choices About Status, School Opportunity, and Second-Generation Segregation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Roda’s work has appeared in the American Journal of Education, the Journal of Education Policy, and Quartz. Her works have also been published by the Century Foundation and the Hechinger Report. She received her Ph.D. in sociology and education from Teachers College at Columbia University.

 
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Ryan W. Coughlan is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Guttman Community College, CUNY and Senior Quantitative Researcher at the Center for Diversity and Equality in Education. He studies the social context of schooling. Dr. Coughlan's research uses geospatial statistical methods to analyze school zoning practices, patterns of school segregation, educational outcomes, and social bonds between neighborhoods and schools. Along with his research on the social context of schooling and his related publications in academic journals, Dr. Coughlan has edited and authored four books on the history of progressive education, the social foundations of education, and the sociology of education. His research has been featured in The New York TimesThe Philadelphia Inquirer, and on NPR's All Things Considered.

Recently, Dr. Coughlan co-authored a report published by the Century Foundation on the Morris School District’s efforts to remedy school segregation and a separate report published by the UCLA Civil Rights Project on general trends in school segregation across New Jersey.

Dr. Coughlan earned his Ph.D. in Urban Systems with a concentration in Urban Education from Rutgers University, Newark and holds a M.A. from the City College of New York and an A.B. with honors from Harvard University.

Recent Publications

Exploring Education: An Introduction to the Foundations of Education, 5th Edition, by Alan R. Sadovnik, Peter W. Cookson, Jr., Susan F. Semel, Ryan W Coughlan

Schools of Tomorrow, Schools of Today:  Progressive Education in the 21st Century- Second Edition, Edited by Alan R. Sadovnik, Susan Semel, and Ryan W. Coughlan, 2016.

Leaders in the Sociology of Education, Intellectual Self-Portraits, 2016

Sociology of Education:  A Critical Reader, 3rd Edition, Edited by Alan R. Sadovnik and Ryan W. Coughlan, 2015.

 

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