Who We Are

Save Our Schools NJ is a grassroots, all-volunteer organization of parents and other public education supporters who believe that every child in New Jersey should have access to a high-quality public education.

Save Our Schools NJ began in 2010 as a successful effort by a small group of parents to pass a local school budget. It quickly became clear that it would take ongoing organizing across the entire state to ensure that our children’s education is not compromised to political or ideological objectives.

Save Our Schools NJ’s goals are to protect and preserve New Jersey’s excellent public schools by:

  • Keeping the community at large and our legislators informed about issues that directly impact our children’s education, both locally and at the state level

  • Establishing a statewide network of individuals willing to advocate in support of public education

Save Our Schools NJ’s actions are guided by our principles and governed by a network of volunteer organizers across New Jersey. Please click here for more information about volunteering for Save Our Schools NJ.

Our Principles

We believe every child should have access to a high-quality, publicly-funded education.

  • High-quality education requires safe and adequate school facilities; excellent instruction that incorporates children’s individual needs; and a curriculum that includes art, music, sports, and world languages.

 

We believe publicly-funded schools should be democratically controlled by and accountable to their local communities, and uphold the highest values of those communities. 

  • Publicly-funded schools must not segregate or discriminate against children on the basis of income, English proficiency, special needs, race, gender, religion or sexual orientation.

  • Publicly-funded schools must be fully transparent, including their educational outcomes and the sources and uses of their public and private funding.

 

We believe publicly-funded education must focus exclusively on our children’s growth and development, not on making profits or punishing communities. 

  • For-profit corporations have no place in teaching or management at publicly-funded schools.

  • Assessments at publicly-funded schools should be created and implemented to improve and tailor instruction, not for punitive or profit-making purposes.