Our Children/Our Schools (OC/OS) was founded over a decade ago as an education advocacy network made up of education, children’s rights and civil rights advocates and organizations throughout New Jersey. OC/OS has worked hard to convince NJ policymakers, the press and the public about the importance of full and fair school funding; high quality programs, including preschool; teacher, parent and community input in schools; adequate school facilities; and other policies crucial to student success.
OC/OS has spearheaded or helped organize a number of campaigns in public education. The network has pressed for full formula funding since the 2008 passage of a unified school funding formula, known as the School Funding Reform Act or SFRA.
OC/OS also supports:
legislation to bring equity, accountability and other long overdue reform to NJ’s charter school program
high quality preschool for all at-risk 3- and 4-year-olds
a private school voucher-free New Jersey
multiple pathways to high school graduation
equitable assessment policies that reduce reliance on high stakes standardized testing
adequate funding for the state's facilities construction program under the auspices of the Schools Development Authority
sufficient resources for special education
OC/OS works to keep organizations informed about legislative and regulatory initiatives, education litigation, data and research, and other important information impacting public education in NJ.
WHO WE ARE
Community Stakeholders for Public Education—Trenton
The Latino Institute of NJ
NJ NAACP Branches:
Numerous other “friends” participate in our meetings and policy advocacy activities, including: