The resources provided below are divided into sources of general information about education policy and reform and also by specific topic areas.
NJ Regulations on Programs to Support Student Development (including regulations on Intimidation, Harassment, Bullying)
"There Isn't a Moment to Lose: An Urgent Call for Legal Reform and Effective Practices to Combat Bullying in New Jersey Schools", Report of the NJ Commission on Bullying in Schools (2009)
Model Policy and Guidance for Prohibiting Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying on School Property, at School-Sponsored Functions, and on School Buses (2008)
New Jersey State Bar Foundation, Training for Educators and Administrators
Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
US Department of Education, Bullying Prevention & Response Resources
US Department of Health and Human Services, Stop Bullying Now
NJ Regulations on Programs to Support Student Development (including Student Conduct, Intervention and Referral Services, Alternative Education)
"Opportunities Suspended: The Devastating Consequences of Zero Tolerance and School Discipline Policies" (2000)
"The Color of Discipline: Sources of Racial and Gender Disproportionality in School Punishment" (2000)
Hamilton Fish Institute on School and Community Violence
US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports
Diplomas Count, Education Week (June 2010)
Test, Punish and Push Out: How "Zero Tolerance" and High Stakes Testing Funnel Youth into the School-to_Prison Pipeline, The Advancement Project (January 2010)
The High Cost of High School Dropouts: What the Nation Pays for Inadequate High Schools, Alliance for Excellent Education (September 2009)
Keeping Accountability Systems Accountable, Kappan (January 2007)
High Schools for Equity: Policy Supports for Student Learning in Communities of Color, The School Redesign Network at Stanford University (2007)
NJ Steps: Redesigning Secondary Education for the 21st Century, NJ High School Redesign Steering Committee (April 2008)
Taking the Initiative on Secondary Reform, New Jersey Education Association (October 2006)
Interim Analysis of School Facility Funding in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, 21st Century School Fund (February 2010)
Economic Impacts of Planned School Construction Projects in New Jersey, Lahr & Fitchtner (July 2008)
Good Buildings, Better Schools: An Economic Stimulus Opportunity with Long-term Benefits, Economic Policy Institute (April 2008)
Schoolyard Planning and Design in New Jersey: Enhancing Outdoor Play and Learning, New Jersey School Outdoor Area Working Group (August 2007)
Growth and Disparity: A Decade of U.S. School Construction, Building Educational Success Together (October 2006)
Lost Opportunity: A 50 State Report on the Opportunity to Learn in America, Schott Foundation (2009)
School Finance 101 (Dr. Bruce Baker’s Blog)
NJ Student Residency Regulations
NJDOE Sample Forms, Notices and Informational Documents
NJ Regulations on Education of Homeless Children
Tars, Eric S., "Separate and Unequal in the Same Classroom: Homeless Students in America's Public Schools," (Summer 2009)
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Federal Statute)
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Federal Regulations)
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (NJ Regulations)
Analysis of New Jersey's Census-Based Special Education Funding System, Augenblick, Palaich & Associates (October 2011)
School is not Supposed to Hurt: Update on Progress in 2009 to Prevent and Reduce Seclusion in Schools, National Disability Rights Network (January 2010)
Seclusion and Restraints: Selected Cases of Death and Abuse at Public and Private Schools and Treatment Centers, US Government Accountability Office (May 2009)
Still Separate and Unequal: The Education of Children with Disabilities in New Jersey, NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities (2004)
Disability Specific Resources
School funding experts often estimate the cost of quality education for an entire state. Cost study critics call for better data and additional research to improve cost study methodologies, especially regarding poverty, concentrated poverty, and ELL programs.
Example of legislation authorizing state cost study - HB185, Pennsylvania (2006)
To-date these studies have ignored the costs of correcting deficits that have accumulated from long-term neglect. Related research shows the costs and benefits of programs proven to raise graduation rates and other achievement.
Litigation in the States
Plaintiff and Defendant Victories (last updated January 2015)
C. Kirabo Jackson, Rucker Johnson, & Claudia Persico, The Effect of School Finance Reforms on the Distribution of Spending, Academic Achievement, and Adult Outcomes, NBER Working Paper No. 20118 (May 2014, Revised August 2014).
Bruce D. Baker & Kevin Welner, School Finance and Courts: Does reform matter and how can we tell? Teachers College Record Vol. 113 No. 11, 2011, p. 2374-2414.
David G. Sciarra, Enhancing Court Capacity to Enforce Education Rights: Judicial Tools Used in Abbot v. Burke, The Foundation for Law, Justice, and Society, 2009.
Molly A. Hunter, Judicial Findings: Egregious Conditions in Public Schools, Appendix 2, No Time to Lose, Southern Education Foundation, 2009, p. 39-45
David G. Sciarra, Koren L. Bell, & Susan Kenyon, Safe and Adequate: Using Litigation to Address Inadequate K-12 School Facilities, Education Law Center 2006.
Molly A. Hunter, Requiring States to Offer a Quality Education to All Students, American Bar Association, Human Rights, Fall 2005, Vol. 32, No. 4, p.10-12.