The Meaning of T & E: Overcoming Systemic Racism and Lessons Learned from Abbott
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Presenters: David Sciarra, Esq., Executive Director, Education Law Center; Gary Stein, Esq., Former Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court, Special Counsel, Pashman, Stein, Walder, Hayden
In this episode, Education Law Center Executive Director David Sciarra interviews former New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Gary Stein, who served on New Jersey’s highest court for 17 years from 1985 to 2002. During Justice Stein’s tenure, the New Jersey Supreme Court handed down a series of far reaching decisions in the Abbott v. Burkelitigation; decisions which have significantly changed the shape of urban education in New Jersey for millions of our poorest students, and which laid the groundwork for the ongoing legal battles that continue today to promote equity and access to high quality education for all students, regardless of race, income level or zip code. Justice Stein takes us inside the debates that resulted in theAbbottdecisions, reflects on the legacy ofAbbott, and reviews the equity challenges that still need to be overcome.