Our Coverage from #EdJusticeConf at Rutgers’ Bloustein School

Today at Rutgers’ Bloustein School, we’re reporting on #EdJusticeConf — a conference that deals with critical issues around education reform, social justice, and communities. Here’s the organizers description:

Over the past twenty years, neoliberal education reforms have gained increasing momentum across the United States, emphasizing school choice, market discipline, standardized testing, high-stakes evaluation, privatized management, and the reframing of public education as a site for capital investment. Proponents argue that competition, combined with standardized measures of performance, forces traditional public schools to operate more efficiently and makes it easier to allocate resources to the people, interventions and organizations making the most progress. Critics counter that neoliberal reforms exacerbate educational inequalities and can have dramatically differential consequences for low-income and wealthier communities.

Understanding the intersections between these reform strategies and questions of social justice, community development, and urban policy calls for interdisciplinary engagement that bridges the confines of traditional academic disciplines. Increasingly, scholars of psychology, education, politics, sociology, urban studies, economics, planning and many other fields are asking what broader impacts neoliberal efforts to reform public education are having, particularly on our most vulnerable communities.

Most of our coverage is over on twitter, and if you want to follow along you can use the #EdJusticeConf hashtag. There are so many important conversations going on, from a discussion of high-stakes testing, opting out, the roles of parents in making change, and more. But there has been one particular conversation that has particular relevance to the wider New Jersey progressive community — how do you deal with cooptation of your organizing?

That convo, and a lot more over at our twitter feed today!

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