Other People's Children: The Battle for Justice and Equality in New Jersey's Schools

Other People's Children: The Battle for Justice and Equality in New Jersey's Schools

by Deborah Yaffe
     
 


Other People’s Children, the first book to tell the story of this decades-long school funding battle, interweaves the public story—an account of legal and political wrangling over laws and money—with the private stories of the inner-city children who were named plaintiffs in the state’s two school funding lawsuits, Robinson v.See more details below

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Other People’s Children, the first book to tell the story of this decades-long school funding battle, interweaves the public story—an account of legal and political wrangling over laws and money—with the private stories of the inner-city children who were named plaintiffs in the state’s two school funding lawsuits, Robinson v. Cahill and Abbott v. Burke. Although these cases have shaped New Jersey’s fiscal and political landscape since the 1970s, most recently in legislative arguments over tax reform, the debate has often been too abstract and technical for most citizens to understand. Written in an accessible style and based on dozens of interviews with lawyers, politicians, and the plaintiffs themselves, Other People’s Children crystallizes the arguments and clarifies the issues for general readers. 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813542058
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
12/15/2007
Series:
Rivergate
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author


DEBORAH YAFFE has worked as a reporter for the Asbury Park Press, the Jersey Journal, the Recorder of San Francisco, and the Trenton bureau of the Gannett chain. She has a B.A. from Yale University and an M.A. from Oxford University

Table of Contents


Preface and Acknowledgments     ix
The Plaintiffs and Their Families     xiii
Introduction: The Inheritance     1
The Beginning: Robinson v. Cahill, 1970-1976
Jersey City's Tax War     9
Celebrating the Bicentennial     31
The Crusade: Abbott v. Burke, 1979-1998
The True Believer     59
Son of Robinson     86
The Families     110
"The System Is Broken"     145
The Twenty-One/Forty-One Rule     176
The Children of Abbott     214
A Constitutional Right to Astroturf     249
The Never-Ending Story: Implementing Abbott, 1998-2006
"We Do Not Run School Systems"     281
The Children Grow Up     304
Conclusion: Other People's Children     322
Notes     335
Works Cited     351
Index     363

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