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
Parent-Teacher Extended Conferences
This fall, CEJ won a $5 million initiative from the NYC Department of Education to offer 30-minute one-to-one parent-teacher conferences for the parents of every child who scored at Level 1 or 2 on the 2013 state tests. Read more below!
Did your child score a Level 1 or 2 on the NY State exams last year?
Come learn activities and strategies to help your child at home!
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For A Deal On Teacher Conferences, Usual Adversaries Team Up
Parent advocates stood with a top city education official on the steps of City Hall in late September to make an announcement: The city was setting aside $5 million for extra parent-teacher conferences for students with low state test scores.
But advocates weren’t sure that was the event they were going to have. Until two days before the press conference, members of the Coalition for Educational Justice thought they might just be calling on the city to set aside the funds. Though the group had met with Department of Education officials twice, they had been told that the costs seemed too high and the funding source unclear.