Participates in Education Forum
Superintendent of the Elizabeth Public Schools, participated in an education
forum on April 7, 2009 in Washington D.C.The forum was based on a new book by Gordon MacInnes,
In Plain Sight: Simple, Difficult Lessons
from New Jersey’s Expensive Effort to Close the Achievement Gap.
Commissioner of the Division of Abbott Implementation in New Jersey, discusses the introduction of
early literacy practices by many of New Jersey’s poorest school districts which
impacted student achievement on state tests.It offers a comprehensive examination of those districts where poor,
minority students demonstrated continued academic improvement.
The forum, cosponsored by The
Century Foundation and the Center for American Progress, explored the issues in
the book and focused on how these lessons might apply to any American city
school district that has concentrations of poor, minority children. Participants
in the forum included MacInnes, Muñoz, Greg Anrig,
President for Policy at The Century Foundation,
Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundationand Robin
Chait, Associate Director for Teacher Quality at American Progress.
Muñoz contributed to the forum
by sharing the successes of Elizabeth Public Schools’ early education
initiatives and how it was affected by the resources made available through the
Abbott v. Burke decision.The Abbott
decision ruled that funding in the poorest New Jersey districts should reflect
the specific challenges those districts face.
“The alliance of policy with practice in the State of New Jersey has greatly
improved our students’ lives.The
Abbott v. Burke decision has enabled our district to provide early childhood
education and intensive early literacy programs resulting in significant growth
in student achievement.This unique
collaboration between state and district is a model for what can be achieved
when everyone works together to improve our student’s educational experiences,”