The Meaning of T & E: Overcoming the Effects of Poverty

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Presenters: David Sciarra, Esq., Executive Director, Education Law Center; Silvia Abbatto, Superintendent, Union City Public Schools

In this episode, Education Law Center Executive Director David Sciarra interviews Silvia Abbato, who is the first woman and first person of Hispanic descent to serve as Superintendent for the Union City School District. This episode examines the impact of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s landmark 1998 Abbott V decision, in which the Court recognized the constitutional obligation for the State of New Jersey to identify and address the negative effects of poverty on the ability of children to receive a thorough and efficient education, the lasting impact of that decision and the challenges that remain in working to overcome the impact of poverty on education today.