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NYC Mayor Expanding Community Schools Program to 200 Schools

Education organizers in New York City celebrated when then-mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio promised to create 100 new community schools to better meet the out-of-school needs of the city's children. Now, just over a year into his term as mayor, de Blasio's administration is upping that number to 200 community schools by 2017.

Services in community schools
Some of the resources offered in community schools.
Via NYC Community Schools

Twitter Rally Against Charter School Leader Eva Moskowitz

OTL allies held a Twitter rally last week after Eva Moskowitz, founder of Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City, penned an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal in which she tried to justify the use of harsh discipline policies in schools.

OTL allies held a Twitter rally last week after Eva Moskowitz, founder of Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City, penned an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal in which she

Mixed Bag of Victories and Set Backs in NY State Budget

After months of intense organizing in Albany and across the state, education organizers in New York got a mix of victories and setbacks in the new state budget.

Education organizers rallied in Albany in early March. 
Picture via Citizen Action of NY

Rally in Albany for NY Public Schools

Chanting "We Can't Wait!" and marching through downtown Albany, over 2,000 teachers, advocates, parents, and students rallied last Wednesday for an increase in state funding for public schools. Despite a 2006 ruling from the New York state supreme court that held that New York had failed to provide public schools with adequate educational resources under the state constitution, many schools have yet to receive the required level of funding.

New Report, "Gubernatorial Delinquency," Documents Underfunding in NYC Schools

A report from the Alliance for Quality Education says NY Governor Andrew Cuomo owes New York City public schools $2,667 per student, which adds up to $2.5 billion worth of resources currently being withheld from the city's students, teachers and their schools.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo owes New York City public schools $2,667 per student. Given that NYC is the country's largest school district, that debt adds up to the tune of $2.5 billion worth of resources currently being withheld from students, teachers and their schools. 

The State of Our Schools

In the Alliance for Quality Education's State of Our Schools speech, Zakiyah Ansari takes NY Governor Andrew Cuomo to task for failing to fix persistent inequities in public school funding. Her call for fairness and opportunity in education could apply just as well to states across the country.

President Obama may have just given his annual State of the Union Address to Congress, but the speech we've been waiting to hear is the Alliance for Quality Education's State of Our Schools speech. 

New Report and "Moral Monday" Protest for Fair School Funding in NY

Hundreds of education organizers protested at the NY State Capitol this week with Rev. William Barber, the minister leading the North Carolina Moral Monday movement, who gave a fiery speech demanding full, fair funding for the New York public schools. 

Photo via Citizen Action of NY

NYC Parents Release Policy Guidance for Expanding Community Schools

With NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio putting millions of dollars into his new community schools initiative, parents with the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice are weighing in with policy guidance for expanding the program.

CEJ parent leader Felicia Alexander speaks at a 
rally in support of community schools. Picture via CEJ.

"Vision to Victory" Documentary Highlights Education Organizers in the 2013 NYC Mayoral Election

A new documentary chronicles how New York City organizers made education inequality the central theme of the last mayoral elections. It's a must-watch case study of how education justice organizers can get their issues on the political agenda – and win.

Education organizers in New York City played a tremendous role in electing Bill de Blasio in the 2013 mayoral election, specifically when it came to making education inequality the central theme of his campaign. "Vision to Victory" chronicles that work as a case study of h


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