Rosie Grant, executive director of the Paterson Education Fund, offers something of a rejoinder to Reginald Lewis of the Chad School Foundation who argued that the protests and boycotts surronding the One Newark plan "ultimately harmed a population of children who on average already miss too many days of school and lag tremendously behind their peers throughout the state in reading proficiency."
Instead, Grant writes that the "registration chaos" that punctuated the start of the school year was "anything other than planned sabotage.
"What does a community do when it's in substantial disagreement with its legal leadership? If this happened in Paterson, I'd be organizing a boycott too because wherever there's oppression, there will be uprising! We're watching it unfold in Ferguson, we've seen it throughout history, and we'll continue to see it as long as people are oppressed."