Affirmative Action and the District Comprehensive Equity Plan

    East Brunswick Public Schools values
     the rich diversity of our community, which includes students, staff, families, community groups and local businesses and partners who provide our students with meaningful educational experiences.
    Click here for a sampling of activities that contribute to our equality and inclusive mission.
    Background:  The responsibility of each Board of Education of every public school district in New Jersey is to identify and correct all discriminatory and inequitable policies, programs, practices and conditions within or affecting schools.  The approved Comprehensive Equity Plan enables the District to demonstrate compliance with all applicable laws, codes, and regulations as described within.

    Process:  East Brunswick Public School's Affirmative Action Team (AAT) prepared the Comprehensive Equity Plan (CEP), over the course of the 2015-16 school year, and submitted to the State Department of Education in March 2016.  The plan, which is linked above and below, was approved by the NJDOE in April 2016. This plan replaced the former "Multi-year Equity Plan" required by the State Department.   According to the State Department, "The responsibility of each board of education of every public school district and charter school in New Jersey is to identify and correct all discriminatory and inequitable policies, programs, practices and conditions within or affecting their schools."  

    The Board of Education authorized the District's AAT to complete the State's Needs Assessment on May 2, 2019 in order to construct the District's CEP for 2019-2022.  The Board later approved the District's Draft Plan on May 14, 2019, for submission to the Middlesex County Office of the NJDOE.  Once approved by the NJDOE, the new plan will be posted here.

    For the 2018-2019 school year, East Brunswick's Affirmative Action Officers (AAOs) are:

    Danielle A. Ruggiero, Director of Human Resources
    Louis Figueroa, Assistant Superintendent

    Assisting in the CEP Implementation:
    Christopher Yannazzo, Supervisor of Athletics/PE, Title IX Coordinator
    Edna Bonnie LaBoy, Director of Professional Learning

    The Comprehensive Equity Plan enables school districts, charter schools and renaissance school projects to demonstrate compliance with all applicable laws, codes, and regulations, including, but not limited to, the following:

    Federal Laws
    Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
    Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
    Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
    Equal Pay Act
    The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
    Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (I.D.E.A.)

    State Laws and Regulations
    Article I, Paragraph 5 of the New Jersey State Constitution 
    N.J.S.A.18A:36‑20,  Equality in Educational Programs
    N.J.S.A.10:5  New Jersey Law Against Discrimination
    New Jersey Administrative Code (N.J.A.C.) 6A:7
    N.J.S.A. 18A:35-1, History of the United States and New Jersey
    N.J.S.A. 18A:36-20, Prohibition of Discrimination 

    Please click here for a link to the US Department of Education, Office of Civil rights.  The mission of the Office for Civil Rights is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.

    East Brunswick's Affirmative Action Team: 
    Danielle A. Ruggiero, AAO, Director of Human Resources
    Louis Figueroa, AAO, Assistant Superintendent
    Trudy Atkins, Dir of Comm. Outreach & Academic Support
    Yolonda Bishop, Community Member
    Danielle Blalock, Supervisor of Student Services & Wellness
    Dr. Joyce Boley, Asst. Superintendent of Academics
    Lisa Citron, Instructional Coach
    Dr. Michael, Gaskell  Principal
    Edna Bonnie LaBoy, Dir. of Prof Learning, Evaluation & Assessment
    Dr. Daniel Moran, Supervisor of Social Studies
    Jennifer Sislian, School Counselor
    Runali Sukhadia, Human Resources Coordinator
    Louise Sultana, Supervisor of Guidance for grades 6 – 12, College and Career Readiness
    Edna Bobbie Tu, Media Specialist
    Christopher Yannazzo, Supervisor of PE/Athletics

    Please click below for a copy of the district CEP which is also available on the EB Moodle site.  The district follows the guidelines set forth in the Introductory Manual for Affirmative Action Officers, which can be accessed by clicking here.