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  • by Janellen Duffy

    I was taken aback by a recent op-ed in the New York Times by David Kirp. One of his claims was that so-called “reformers” believe that “schools are broken” and “the solution resides in the impersonal, whether it’s the invisible hand of the market or the transformative power of technology.” Kirp continues, “While these reformers talk a lot about markets and competition, the essence of a good education—bringing together talented teachers, engaged students and a challenging curriculum—goes undiscussed.”

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Great Schools Change Everything

Launched in March 2013, JerseyCAN: The New Jersey Campaign for Achievement Now is a nonprofit organization that advocates for a high-quality education for all New Jersey kids, regardless of their address. We help create learning environments that best meet every child’s need by focusing our work on starting earlier, expanding choices, aiming higher, cultivating talent and reaching everyone.

 
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  • Over the course of my career working on education matters and positive youth development in New Jersey, I have often seen the need for an organization that can provide independent, objective research to inform policy debates as well as parents. Through its very credible, effective and longstanding New Jersey education leader, Janellen Duffy, JerseyCAN will meet this need and help to ensure that facts and data are driving critical decisions about education.

    Carlos Lejnieks, Chairman, New Jersey Charter Schools Association
    Mar 11 2013
  • New Jersey suffers from one of the largest achievement gaps in the country. To address this most urgent issue, we need multiple partners pushing strongly for evidence-based reform that will yield the best results for students. JerseyCAN is a new and critical partner in this work. The organization will help promote best practices from across the state and country and elevate the vision for what’s possible in New Jersey education.

    Kathleen Nugent, New Jersey State Director of Democrats for Education Reform
    Mar 11 2013