Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Citizenship and Public Affairs
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
American Politics | Other Political Science | Political Science
Paterson, New Jersey Public school system has continued to produce low-graduation rates, high drop-out rates, and low test scores despite being taken over by the state of New Jersey. In this qualitative paper, I see to place the blame for Paterson’s failing schools not on the teachers, parents and students—which other scholars have done—but on the politicians (namely the Board of Education) for their failures in leadership, being inept, and all out corruption. I propose solid solutions to the problem of Paterson failing schools. This study builds off of the scholarship of Lydia Segal, who worte Battling Corruption in America’s Public school, and placing it in the context of Paterson, New Jersey, where there is evident of high political corruption in education.
Eatman, Curtis Martell, "The Effect of the Political Process on Education: Political Corruption and Education in Paterson, New Jersey" (2009). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 498.
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