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December 18th, 2014

Citywide Community Schools Policy Release

Parents, Community Organizations and Elected Officials Propose Citywide Community Schools Policy

 press conf

About 100 parents, community partners and elected officials gathered on Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at City Hall to announce a proposed policy to guide the expansion of community schools.

“CEJ is very excited for this new chapter in the community school movement. We have been advocating for community schools for years and now that we see them coming into fruition, parents and community school partners have worked together to draft a policy that establishes the vision and standards to guide them. We know that to be successful, community schools must be a combination of comprehensive services with rigorous academic curriculum and transformative parent and community engagement. This policy proposal can give the city a firm foundation for the expansion of community schools and will help ensure that for years to come there is clarity to how community schools should be done,” said Felicia Alexander, parent leader with the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice and organizer with Brooklyn Movement Center.

To learn more:
Press Release
Endorsing Organizations
Community Schools Policy
Community Schools Policy- Spanish

May 14th, 2014

Community Schools & Mayor De Blasio: Preparing the Next Generation for College & Careers

CEJ Community Schools Brief

CEJ’s brief “Community Schools & Mayor de Blasio: Preparing the Next Generation College & Careers” was designed to influence and shape Mayor de Blasio’s community schools initiative. The policy brief lays out recommendations for how de Blasio can follow through on his promise to create at least 100 community schools by the end of his first term. It discusses guiding principles for implementation of community schools, a three-year timeline and proposes an estimated $50 million budget and plan for engaging key stakeholders in rolling out the initiative.

April 12th, 2014

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.”

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March 4th, 2014

Parent Power School- Session II

Register Now! Advanced Training for Parent Leaders

Alliance for Quality Education, Coalition for Education Justice, Brooklyn UFT Parent Committee and Community Education Council 14 presents:

Parent Power School Part 5

This Parent Power School will be a Brooklyn townhall on School Funding in collaboration with the Alliance for Quality Education! Join parents, youth and elected officials and find out about the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, how to lobby elected officials and how to get people in your community engaged in this fight to equal funding for all!

Sat, December 13th

Registration and breakfast begins at 9:30. Training will begin at 10 AM and end at 1 pm.

A light breakfast, lunch, childcare and translation will be provided.

Location: UFT Brooklyn: 335 Adams St, 24th Floor, Brooklyn NY

Trains: 2,3,4,5 (Borough Hall), A, C, F, N, R (Jay St- Metrotech)

For more information, please email or

Flyers: English |Spanish


Parent Power School educates, empowers and instills confidence and hope for Black, Brown and immigrant parents to be articulate messengers and change agents on education issues affecting their children and the community.  By developing the voices, skills, issue expertise and relationships of public school parents and community members Parent Power School will build and strengthen CEJ.


January 17th, 2014

Parent Power School is in Session!

Parent Power School- Sat, January 11, 2014

PPS January

The first Parent Power School of 2014 was focused on how parents can advocate in Albany for the crucial funds that NYC schools need. Participants learned about Mayor de Blasio’s effort to pass a tax on the wealthy to fund full-day pre-k for all four year olds and afterschool programs for all middle school students; as well as the statewide campaign to add $1.9 billion to the state budget for schools. Parents practiced lobbying legislators and telling the stories about their children that can push elected officials and policymakers to do the right thing. Over 45 people attended the session, which was held at the Transit Workers Union and conducted in Spanish and English, with convenient childcare in the next room.

Here are some materials from the training!

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