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February 23, 2015 Press Release [Families for Excellent Schools] Don't Steal Possible

Press Release 2.23

Families for Excellent Schools announced Monday the kick-off of "Ten Days of Possible," a countdown toward a major parent rally to end New York's failing schools crisis on March 4th in Albany. Ten Days of Possible is a social media campaign that will bring together the voices of hundreds of parents, students, teachers, artists and other celebrities from across New York to celebrate the power of great schools and highlight the need to bring an end to the failing schools crisis. Read More
February 18, 2015 Press Release [Families for Excellent Schools] Don't Steal Possible

Press Release 2.18

A coalition of Bronx elected officials led by Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. and State Assemblymen Marcos Crespo, Michael Blake, and Mark Gjonaj joined prominent clergy leaders and dozens of Bronx parents in front of Girls Prep Bronx Charter School on Wednesday morning to call on Albany to press ahead with bold action to end a statewide education crisis that traps 65,000 Bronx students in failing schools. Read More
February 5, 2015 Press Release [Families for Excellent Schools] Don't Steal Possible

Press Release 2.5

Parents gathered on the steps of City Hall Thursday morning to criticize New York City's neglect of its failing schools crisis and to call on the State Education Department to immediately take over 40 of the city's failing district and charter schools. The announcement, which is the first organized call for the state to assume control of New York City schools, is a searing indictment of the Department of Education's refusal to addressing a failing schools crisis that traps 143,000 children in broken schools. Read More
January 14, 2015 Press Release [Families for Excellent Schools] Press Release

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**MEDIA ADVISORY FOR TOMORROW, THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2015**

Contact: Families for Excellent Schools –

Stu Loeser, Stu@StuLoeser.com, 212 634-7469 OR
Khan Shoieb, Khan@StuLoeser.com (347) 596-6389

PUBLIC SCHOOL PARENTS ANNOUNCE OVER 75K SIGNATURES ON PETITION CALLING FOR “REAL CHANGE” TO FIX NYC FAILING SCHOOLS CRISIS

New York, NY – Parents will gather on the steps of City Hall tomorrow to announce over 75,000 signatures on Ebony Burrowes’ petition calling for “real change” to fix New York City’s failing schools crisis. In the petition, Burrowes, a parent of a 9-year-old student at P.S. 306 in Brooklyn–where only one in 10 children can read or do math at grade level–urges all New Yorkers to “send a clear message to our city leaders that they can and must fix this crisis.”

In New York City, 143,000 students are trapped in failing schools where 9 out of 10 students cannot read or do math at grade level. Tomorrow’s press conference follows Families for Excellent Schools’ release of a letter to Governor Cuomo and leaders in the State Legislature to take bold action to solve a statewide failing schools crisis.

OPEN PRESS

WHO: Parents of New York City public school students

WHAT: Press conference announcing over 75,000 signatures on Ebony Burrowes’ petition calling for urgent action to fix New York City’s failing schools

WHERE: City Hall steps

WHEN: 1:00 PM, Thursday, January 15, 2015

Ebony Burrowes video.

A link to the petition is here and text of Burrowes’ petition is below:

Don’t Steal Possible

My 9-year-old son, Davonte, goes to public school in East New York, Brooklyn. At his school, not even 10% of kids passed the state exams. Across our city, there are 143,000 kids trapped in more than 350 schools just like Davonte’s – schools where 9 out of 10 students aren’t learning to read or do math.

My son is full of potential, and his life should be full of possibilities. But the expectations for him are so low at school. Each year, he falls farther and farther behind, and so do his classmates.

These kids aren’t failing — our school system is. New York City’s school system is broken, and there is no real plan to fix it.

We need real change and we need it now. Our children can’t wait.

That is why I’m asking all New Yorkers to stand up for my son, and for all the kids whose dreams are being stolen by broken schools.

Please take a stand. Add your name to our petition. Send a clear message to our city leaders that they can and must fix this crisis.

By Ebony Burrowes, PS 306 Parent

#DontStealPossible