In the News

September 17th, 2010

Save Our Schools Campaign Launches!

Hundreds of CEJ parents joined more than a dozen New York City elected officials and New York’s leading education advocacy organizations on the steps of the Department of Education on Thursday to declare an education emergency in City schools, and to launch “Save our Schools”—an effort to secure immediate intervention services for more than 200,000 students who are unprepared for college.

The campaign demanded that the Department of Education (DOE) take the immediate action necessary to get all students on track for college and careers, by providing academic intervention services for students testing below standards, comprehensive supports for struggling schools, and the suspension of DOE policies and decisions based on the flawed current system of testing and monitoring.

Click here to view the press release.

August 27th, 2010

The 2010 Schott 50 State Report on Black Males in Public Education

This report reveals that the overall 2007/8 graduation rate for Black males in the U.S. was only 47 percent. New York City only graduates 28 percent of its Black male students with Regents diplomas on time. This is more disturbing evidence that an education system that can help students meet the challenges of the 21st Century is as urgent as ever!

Click here to read the report!

June 21st, 2010

CEJ Middle School Campaign Helps Raise to Student Achievement

A report released by the NYC City Council Middle School Task Force shows that CEJ’s middle school campaign has contributed to student achievement gains. The 51 middle grade schools that were the focus of CEJ’s reform efforts have made more progress on the state exams than other middle grade schools.  This is particularly impressive because the 51 schools were among the lowest performing in the city. 

Click here to read the report and click here to read the Daily News story.

May 25th, 2010

City Council Passes Resolution to Fix Schools, Don’t Close Them

The City Council unanimously passed a resolution endorsing CEJ’s School Transformation Zone, an alternative approach to school turnaround that would improve low-performing schools so they don’t have to be closed.

Read the press release here and the full Council resolution here!

May 21st, 2010

CEJ Policy Brief: Fix Our Schools, Don’t Close Them

On May 21st, CEJ released a policy brief documenting the lack of research support for school closings as a school improvement strategy, and profiling successful models that have increased student achievement without the damaging side effects inflicted by closings. In Beyond School Closings: Effective Alternatives for Low-Performing Schools, CEJ urges the NYC Department of Education to use the federal School Improvement Grants to invest in proven school improvement strategies and establish a School Transformation Zone to support NYC’s 34 SIG schools and other low-performing schools.  

Click here to read CEJ’s policy brief on school turnaround.