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September 21st, 2010

Sign the Save our Schools Petition


The release of the 2010 New York State reading and math test scores was a sobering moment for our city. The depth and breadth of the crisis is staggering. As a result of NYS recalibrating the test scores to align with college-ready standards, citywide reading scores declined by 27 points, math scores went down 28 points, and the racial and income-based achievement gaps have grown. Only 13% of students with disabilities and 14% of English Language Learners scored proficient in English Language Arts (ELA). Tens of thousands of additional students are NOT on the road to college and career success. Compared to 2009:

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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!