Jersey City Public Schools: An Overview
Parent Advocacy with Jersey City Together
Our work has involved inviting parents into a broadening discussion about what we’d like to see improved in our public schools. Concrete issues we’ve identified include:
- Better access to clean drinking water in our public schools
- More security and safety within and around our public schools
- More input & awareness about curriculum and how it’s shaped in our public schools
- And more…
To be part of the conversation, feel free to submit your name and email below. Or, stay on the lookout for upcoming Jersey City Together / JCPS Parent meetings.
Drinking Water: Is it an issue at your school?
There must be a better way. We’re working to problem solve and want others to join in the conversation.
Does your child have access to clean drinking water during the day? If not, tell us about it below, and if you’re willing to join us.
Crossing Guards – Where are they at your school?
Jersey City has a street safety page on its website listing intersections with public school crossing guards. I’m part of a parents team within Jersey City Together and we wanted to know how accurate the city’s listing was, so we mapped it. Now we’re sharing it, and we want to ask parents: does this map represent the true crossing guard locations at your school? Please give us feedback below.
Taxpayers: *YOU* Help Fund the Public Schools. Get in the loop on how your tax dollars are being spent, and to what effect.
(1) the city is now dependent on PILOTs to fund itself, so there is economic and political pressure to maintain the current course instead of fixing this structural problem before it grows even worse and
(2) state education aid has been flat the past several years, shifting the cost burden to local Jersey City taxpayers.
How we fund our public schools in the short and long-term is critically important. We need an open dialog about this issue. Our collective investment in the public schools speaks to the quality of our future as a community.
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