Led by parents, the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice is organizing a movement to end the inequities in the city’s public school system. We are a collaborative of community-based organizations and unions whose members include culturally diverse parents, community members, students and educators. We are motivated by the urgent need to obtain a quality and well-rounded education for all students. We will mobilize the power of parents and the community to affect policy change and create a more equitable educational system.
Build College-Ready Community Schools for All: Quality Schools, Strong Neighborhoods, Bright Futures!
In neighborhoods across NYC, parents share the hope that their children will graduate high school and go to college. But the realization of that dream varies dramatically. While 80% of children living in Tribeca graduate with the knowledge and skills they need for college, only 8% of students in Mott Haven do. These disparities are unacceptable. To prepare many more students for college and career success, the next Mayor needs a pre-k to 12th grade plan that combines academic rigor and high expectations with comprehensive supports and the creative, motivating experiences that excite students about their future. All students deserve the kind of high quality education that the best schools offer – without having to leave their neighborhood. We advocate:
- Focus on teaching and learning
- Build a college-going culture in all schools
- Provide strong, comprehensive support for every child
- Put the parents back in public education
Community Schools Policy Rally
On September 22nd, 100 parents and community members rallied at City Hall in support of community schools as a long-term investment in struggling schools, testified about successes in their community schools, and called on the administration to pass a Community Schools Policy to guide implementation and ensure longevity. Deputy Mayor Richard Buery attended and announced that the Department of Education has presented the Panel for Educational Policy with a draft policy to be revised and voted on in the coming months. The event brought greater public awareness to the community schools initiative and showcased broad support from parents across the city for high-quality implementation and expansion. Speakers included parents from community schools, City Council Education Committee Chair Daniel Dromm, and other elected officials.
TRACKING EDUCATION: “A coalition of advocates — some of them aligned with New York City’s teachers’ union — are pushing for the passage of a concrete policy on community schools. The Coalition for Educational Justice held a rally on the steps of City Hall Tuesday afternoon to call on the Department of Education’s Panel for Educational Policy to approve a set of policies that would govern the city’s 130 new community schools. The policy seems to have buy-in from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration: deputy mayor Richard Buery spoke at the press conference. The policy, first crafted last year, seeks to formally define what a community school is and how such schools should be staffed and should operate. The PEP will vote on the policy at an upcoming meeting, likely in November.” — POLITICO New York’s Eliza Shapiro