March Mon, 2024

Majority of New Jerseyans Say Teachers Should Keep Transgender Students’ Identity Confidential as Matter of Safety

After much debate among politicians and parents alike over school privacy policies regarding transgender students in the fall, New Jerseyans believe teachers shouldn’t share a student’s transgender identity with their parents if the student doesn’t feel safe coming out, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Fifty-four percent say a teacher shouldn’t be required by law to inform a student’s parents about their transgender identity if a student confides such information to them and says they don’t feel safe coming out to their parents, according to the poll conducted in December.

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February Mon, 2024

New Jerseyans Are More Concerned About Books Being Banned Than Inappropriate Content; Aside from bans, majority of adults polled think laws against LGBTQ and race Issues in the classroom are politically driven

As debate over the “Freedom to Read” Act heats up, New Jersey has already taken sides, with a majority of adults in the state saying they are concerned about book bans and the political motivation behind it, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. When polled in December and asked to choose which concerns them more about schools today, 58 percent of residents say they are more concerned that some schools may ban books and censor topics that are educationally important, while 35 percent say they are more concerned that some schools may teach books and topics that some students or their parents feel are inappropriate or offensive; 8 percent are unsure.

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September Thu, 2023

New Jersey Schools Get Mixed Marks on Performance, High Marks on Safety; Residents say guns and school shootings are the biggest safety issues facing public schools in their community

While New Jersey residents gave mixed reviews on their local schools based on where they live, most believe the schools are safe, even though guns and school shootings are the biggest safety concerns, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. The Poll was conducted toward the end of the 2022-2023 academic year in partnership with Project Ready, a nonprofit organization devoted to protecting and expanding high-quality education in urban communities in New Jersey.

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May Fri, 2023

New Jerseyans Haven’t Heard Much About State Budget, Divided on Corporate Business Tax Expiration and School Funding

Most New Jerseyans have little knowledge of the state's proposed budget for fiscal year 2024, yet many have opinions about what is in it, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Three-quarters of New Jerseyans say they have seen or heard little (23 percent) or nothing at all (53 percent) about New Jersey’s proposed state budget. Four percent say they have heard a lot about the state budget, and 16 percent say they have heard some of the proposal.

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