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Save Our Schools NJ

Ironbound Community Corporation

Education Law Center

Abbott Leadership Institute

Our Children, Our Schools Network

The Latino Institute

NJ Clean Water Action

Better Plan for Trenton High School

New Jersey Communities United

Oranges & Maplewood NAACP

NJ Working Families Alliance

NJ Education Association

NJ Work Environment Council

Newark Teachers Union (AFT Local 481)

American Federation of Teachers NJ

Statewide Education Organizing Committee

Union of Rutgers Administrators, AFT Local 1766

Parents Education Organizing Council

Mom's Clean Air Force

Parents for Progress

Every school day in New Jersey, children, teachers and school staff face conditions that can cause illness or injury and that make it harder to teach and to learn. On average, New Jersey's 2,500 school buildings are 50 years old and are four times more densely populated than office buildings. Age, overcrowding, and deferred maintenance strain ventilation, heating, plumbing, electrical systems, and waste energy. Students and staff in many schools are exposed to mold and other indoor air pollutants, triggering asthma attacks and absences due to illness. More than 20% of schools report conditions defined as "so potentially hazardous that they cause an imminent peril to the health and safety of students or staff."

Our Campaign Platform for Healthy Schools

  1. Safe and modernized school buildings. The N.J. Legislature made available almost $4 billion in bonding authority for school facilities projects. Governor Chris Christie stalled funding for construction and renovation projects. It is imperative we begin work without delay.

  2. Danger-free learning environments. As required by law, the N.J. Department of Education and Schools Development Authority must correct imminent dangers.

  3. Healthy air. All schools should comply with state indoor air quality standards that are too often ignored. The N.J. Health Department should ensure that everyone understands the law and that it is followed.

  4. Safe temperatures. The legislature should enact the Safe Temperatures Act (S-817/A2492), to require school districts to measure temperatures below 68 degrees or above 79 degrees, to relocate students within two hours of an extreme temperature determination, and to implement feasible temperature controls.

Outcomes Worth Fighting For


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In the News

August 15, 2016

Opinion: Privatizing Public School Custodians and Facility Management by Jerell Blakeley

With the average age of New Jersey's public schools at more than 50 years old and with many schools dating back to the turn of the 20th century, we are concerned that custodian privatization will have negative ramifications for the quality of our school facilities.

March 18, 2014
Opinion: NJ has Chance to Provide Better Schools and Jobs

February 18, 2014
Opinion: Plan to Build New Trenton Central High School Shows Power of Public Pressure

January 23, 2014
NBC Nightly News Exposes Horrendous Conditions at Trenton High School

October 31, 2013
Yes, Some NJ Students Have to Go to Schools That Look Like This

October 24, 2013
Photos from: A Blind Eye: The Immorality of Inaction Witness for yourself the reality our children live every day.

Judge tells SDA, school board to agree to new schedule for repairs to Trenton Central High School

Slideshow: NJ Healthy Schools protests decrepit conditions in schools

Trenton Central Beating the Odds

May 2, 2013
Paterson education advocates hold ironic "birthday party" for aging school

Video: Exigen mejoras para la escuela número 14 de Paterson

Opinion: School Construction Waiting on Gov. Christie