New Campaign for Education Equality

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** SEPTEMBER 3 2014

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COALITION OF DISTRICT AND CHARTER SCHOOL FAMILIES ANNOUNCES NEW CAMPAIGN FOR EDUCATION EQUALITY

Group Calls for a Solution to City’s Education Crisis That Traps 143,000 Children — Primarily from Underserved Communities — in Persistently Failing Schools

New York, NY – The Coalition for Education Equality announced the launch of a new campaign to combat educational inequality in New York City on Wednesday morning. The campaign, animated by the depth and breadth of a crisis that has trapped 143,000 students in persistently failing schools, will feature a major parent rally in New York City in October.

The Coalition for Education Equality includes tens of thousands of parents, students, educators, community groups, and district and charter public schools.  This year, the group will push for bold reform that can transform 143,000 failing seats into excellent ones, and ensure that no child is forced to attend a failing school.

“I will rally this October because our school system is unequal, and the most vulnerable children are being hurt,” said Kesha McEwan, a Bed-Stuy parent.  “Whatever your zip code, your children deserve great schools. Period.”

The campaign will focus on the urgency of creating 143,000 excellent school seats, a task within reach if New York works boldly and collaboratively toward a solution. Across the city and state, a small but impactful group of district and charter schools have been achieving transformational results with students otherwise zoned for failing institutions. Rather than more proposals for incremental change, boldly scaling excellence is the most effective tool to combat educational inequality.

“I’ve sent my child to a failing school because I have no other option,” said Annette Clarke, an East New York parent. “Children like mine can’t wait—we need change now.  That’s why I’m making my voice heard in October.”

“We’re proud to be part of a movement that fights for every child in every school, district or charter,” said Morty Ballen, founder of Explore Schools.

“I’ve seen the difference a great school can make in my daughter’s life,” said Valentina Sanchez Zambrano, a Bronx parent. “She’s only in 4th grade, but she knows more than I did in high school. That should be possible for every child in New York City.”

“The new school year marks yet another one where 143,000 parents will have to send their child to a failing school,” said Jeremiah Kittredge, CEO for Families for Excellent Schools.  “All families in New York City deserve great schools. We need bold change now.”

Families for Excellent Schools harnesses the power of families to advance policy and political changes that create and sustain excellent schools.

http://www.FamiliesForExcellentSchools.org

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