Podcast Episode on Desegregating New Jersey Schools

Although New Jersey is an extremely diverse State, segregation by race, ethnicity and class in New Jersey’s public schools is among the worst in the United States. The Uncovered Dish Christian Leadership Podcast sat down with former Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court Gary Stein and Bishop John Schol of the United Methodists of Greater New Jersey to discuss why desegregation of NJ schools matters and what we as United Methodists can do to help.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THE PODCAST

  1. The Coalition for Diverse and Inclusive Schools
  2. NJSpotlight Interactive Map on NJ School Diversity
  3. This American Life Podcast: “The Problem We All Live With – Part One”

New Jersey Coalition for Diverse and Inclusive Schools

In 2017, Judge Gary Stein spoke to the Annual Conference Session about the need for diversity in our schools and the issues facing New Jersey because of school districts that are segregated racially and economically.   Since that time, Bishop Schol has joined the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Coalition for Diverse and Inclusive Schools,the non profit organization led by Justice Stein to represent United MEthodists in this crucial issue facing our students and communities.

What does the United Methodist Church say about this issue?

Segregation in our schools is a social justice issue for United Methodists.

We believe that every person has the right to education.  We also believe that the responsibility for education of the young rests with the family, faith communities and the government.  In society this function can best be fulfilled through public policies that ensure access for all persons to free public elementary and secondary schools and to post secondary schools of their choice. – Social Principles ¶164.E

We must address with prayerful determination the issues of race and class that threaten both public education and democracy in America…. Local churches and all communities of faith must become better informed about the needs of the public schools in their communities and in the country as a whole.2016 Book of Resolutions, #3165, “United States Public Education and the Church”

Read Bishop Schol's Asbury Park Press Editorial