Despite New Jersey's ethnic and racial diversity, it ranks as the 6th most segregated state in the nation for black students and 7th for Latino students.
The Latino Action Network Foundation along with the Salvation and Social Justice (SandSJ) will partner together on program planning, outreach, and organizing of program activities. The goal of the partnership is to collectively address the integration needs of the African American and Latino communities through co-joint grassroots organizing efforts. The partnership will expand the network of outreach and ensure that outreach efforts are tailored to each community’s cultural and language needs.
May 17, 2018 a coalition of civil rights groups and students filed a lawsuit to force the State of New Jersey to take steps to end segregation. The suit is known as Latino Action Network vs. the State of New Jersey. The Lawsuit calls on the court to take a series of initial steps to address segregation.
School desegregation stems from discriminatory zoning practices in suburbs, poverty and personal choice.
LANF will work to ensure that Latino children are provided equal educational opportunity in New Jersey as required under the NJ and US Constitutions. LANF will work to guarantee Latino children have equal access to all programs, services, or resources, available to any other child.
LANF supports greater parental involvement and empowerment by parents in the education system. Informed parents guiding and shaping educational policy is a foundation for creating good students and citizens. LANF will focus on opportunities for parents to learn how to support their children in school, participate in the educational process. Programs will be developed to tech parents how various boards of education are structured, to understand the impacts the BoE have on their children’s quality of education, and how to properly petition the BoE for better policies.