Our Mission

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.

Our Platform

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:

  1. Focus on teaching and learning
  2. Build a college-going culture in all schools
  3. Provide strong, comprehensive support for every child
  4. Put the parents back in public education

What's New

The CEJ-UYC Fundraiser Was a Great Success!

Honorees Jaritza Giegel and Cassie Schwerner

Thanks to all who attended, volunteered, donated, and invited others to the Education Justice Honor Roll Celebration last week. We had a wonderful time catching up with the stars of education justice, snacking and enjoying the beautiful Atlantic Philanthropies space. 

We raised almost $15,000 in individual donations, plus $75,000 from an anonymous donor. All of those funds will be matched 50% by the North Star Fund, for a grand total of $135,000 to help sustain CEJ and UYC in the year to come. In addition, the Schott Foundation generously contributed $40,000 to increase the Education Justice Fund fundraising match for next year.

It is truly because of your unflagging support that the Coalition for Educational Justice and the Urban Youth Collaborative have remained strong for 10 years and counting.

If you forgot to donate last week, it’s not too late! Please make a contribution here now, and your donation will still be matched by the North Star Fund. 

Thanks again for your support, and stay tuned for more CEJ and UYC news this year as we continue to fight for educational justice for all NYC students!
Rafael Torres, Oona Chatterjee and Edgar Villanueva
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Esperanza Vasquez, Carlos Martinez and Mireya Solis
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Jamel Burgess and Jean Henry

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