Oct 2 Rally Details
**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** SEPTEMBER 24, 2014
COALITION FOR EDUCATION EQUALITY ANNOUNCES BROAD-BASED EFFORT TO END SYSTEMWIDE FAILURE IN NYC PUBLIC SCHOOLS; DETAILS OF RALLY
Thousands of Parents join Community Groups to Converge on Foley Square Courthouses on October 2nd to Rally to End Persistent Failure of NYC Schools
New York, NY – On Wednesday morning, the Coalition for Education Equality announced a broad-bases effort to end the persistent failure in New York City’s public schools and marked October 2nd as the date of a highly anticipated rally for education equality in Foley Square, with thousands of district and charter school parents expected to attend. Flanked by the city and state’s most historic and iconic houses of justice, the rally will draw attention to the inequalities of New York City’s education crisis that leaves hundreds of thousands of children without the skills and knowledge to succeed in life. Turnout is expected to be 5,000 strong, according to the Coalition for Education Equality, an umbrella group representing families of children in charter and district schools.
Announcement of the rally follows the release last month of The Forgotten Fourth, a report by Families for Excellent Schools that exposed the 371 city schools in 2013 where 90% of students failed to read and do math at grade-level. The report argues that children who are trapped in failing schools are not given the access to the opportunities they deserve, and that schools that persistently fail to equip students with math and reading proficiency rob them of the possibility of succeeding in college and in their careers.
The Coalition will kick off its appeal for educational justice by unveiling neighborhood art and activities across all five of the city’s boroughs and organizing parents through social and digital media efforts in the run-up to the rally.
“It’s an outrage that a quarter of all schools are failing,” said Ebony Burrowes, parent in East New York Brooklyn. “They’re not getting better––they’re getting worse! Our children cannot wait.”
“All children should have dreams. They should grow up believing they have a future of possibility,” said Twana Pinks, parent in Harlem. “The city’s system keeps letting us down year after year. Parents are fed up.”
“School leaders are coming together because no New Yorker should be left behind,” said Jacob Mnookin, Founder of Coney Island Prep School.
“The message is loud and clear––New York’s parents will not wait while 143,000 of our children are trapped in persistently failing schools,” said Jeremiah Kittredge, CEO of Families for Excellent Schools. “Our members urgently demand access to excellent schools, district or charter, for all New York City kids.”
Families for Excellent Schools harnesses the power of families to advance policy and political changes that create and sustain excellent schools.