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.Tweet
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.”Tweet
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT PARENT POWER:
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.
Parent Power School- Sat, January 11, 2014
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!Tweet
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!
– Sign Up for an Extended Parent-Teacher Conversation NOW –Tweet