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.



Abbott Leadership Institute

Alliance for Newark Public Schools

Anti-Defamation League

Community Stakeholders for Public Education—Trenton

Education Law Center

Healthy Schools Now

The Latino Institute of NJ

League of Women Voters of New Jersey

NJ Association of Black Educators

New Jersey Black Issues Convention

NJ Community Schools Coalition

NJ Communities United

New Jersey PTA

NJ State Conference of NAACP

NJ NAACP Branches:

• Irvington

New Brunswick

• Newark


NJ Work Environment Council

Paterson Education Fund

Save Our Schools NJ

SPAN Parent Advocacy Network

Statewide Education Organizing Committee

Numerous other “friends” participate in our meetings and policy advocacy activities, including:

Advocates for Children of New Jersey

Anti-Poverty Network

Delaware Valley Americans United for Separation of Church and State (DVAU)

Great Schools NJ – An Association of High Need Districts

Latino Action Network


NJ Association of School Administrators

NJ Principals and Supervisors Association

New Jersey Policy Perspective

New Jersey Special Education Practitioners

New Jersey Working Families Alliance