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
Parents Outraged Over Gov. Cuomo’s Meddling to Secure Privileges for Charters at Expense of Public Schools
** Statement by the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice, City’s Largest Parent-led Organization **
(NY, NY)- Following today’s New York Times article, “Cuomo Played Pivotal Role in Charter Push,” revealing the Governor’s heavy-handed and direct meddling in state budget outcomes which gave charter schools special privileges, Jose Gonzalez, spokesperson for the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice, released the following statement:
“As Black, Latino and immigrant parents, we applaud the increase in education funding and investment in universal pre-k, but are appalled by Governor Cuomo and the Senate Majority and their aggressive interference in NYC education policy.
“When Governor Cuomo took office he vowed to be the “Student’s Lobbyist” and advocate for all students. Instead, the Governor has sold out to the corporate charter school lobby, which has given close to a million dollars for his re-election campaign as well as over $5 million on advertisements attacking Mayor de Blasio, and pushed through policies that give free reign of the public school system. If charter schools want to take space in a public school building, they will be able to. If they don’t like the space, they can get a new one. If they want to expand, they can.
“Time and time again, we encounter policies that give power to the few over the many. As the 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education nears, we must understand that the problem of educational injustice remains, but instead of saying that Whites deserve more than Blacks, state lawmakers are saying that charters deserve more than public schools. This type of thinking did not help us 60 years ago and it will not help us now. Parents and communities will not stand for policies that say 183 schools deserve more than 1,700 schools. This will harm hundreds of thousands of students, especially the students with disabilities who have traditionally lost the most in co-locations,” said Jose Gonzalez, parent leader with the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice.
For more facts on the budget and a statement from CEJ’s partner organization AQE, go to: http://www.aqeny.org/2014/03/