October 20th, 2020

Why are CEJ and IntegrateNYC Creating Liberation School?

IntegrateNYC is a youth-led organization that stands for equity and justice in our schools.

Liberation School: the Mobilization of Back and Brown Parents, Healers and Educators

While many principals, teachers and school staff are putting their hearts and souls into supporting NYC children during this global pandemic, it is clear that families can not solely rely on City Hall and the NYC Department of Education (DOE) to deliver a safe, quality education to children this year. Mayor de Blasio and the NYC DOE are drastically unprepared to provide NYC’s 1.1 million students with high-quality learning this school year. They are not providing the necessary resources and support for families to navigate remote and blended learning. Many of the resources that have been provided are not accessible to non-English monolingual families.

Our students are suffering the consequences.

Over these past months we have seen the previous inequities in the school system reveal themselves and worsen for Black and Brown students. We cannot allow students and families to return to the ‘normal’ of inequality. Black and brown students and families in New York City have faced the harshest, most devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and systemic racism. 

CEJ and youth organizing group IntegrateNYC are creating Liberation School as a response to the failings of the Department of Education to adequately provide the resources and support needed for marginalized students. While many white affluent families are hiring teachers to create learning pods, CEJ is designing Liberation School for Black, Brown, Immigrant, and low-income families, who don’t have the financial resources to hire personal teachers or tutors.

We also know the support for each other is strong. We help us. We protect us. We lead us.

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