Press Release 2.4
New York, NY – The Coalition for Education Equality announced Monday morning that parents, teachers, students, schools, and community supporters would rally at the State Capitol in Albany on Wednesday, March 4th to call for bold, structural change to end a statewide failing schools crisis impacting nearly one million children annually. More than 7,500 are expected, drawing district and charter families from across New York State.
Under the banner of #Don’tStealPossible, the rally follows the Coalition’s major mobilization this past October in New York City’s Foley Square. The Albany rally will draw attention to the statewide failing schools crisis: across New York, 800,000 children are failing to meet grade standards, and 250,000 students—predominantly low-income students of color—are trapped in failing schools. This while New York leads the nation in per-pupil spending, and cities across the state spend nearly twice as much per student on failing schools than successful ones. The rally will call on state leaders to move beyond bureaucratic tweaks and make bold, structural change to end the crisis.
“I’m taking a day off work because I was able to choose a great school for my daughter, but the system failed my son,” said parent Takisha Willis. “A million parents across the state need change now.”
“The message is loud and clear—New York State parents will not wait while 800,000 children fail every year,” said Jeremiah Kittredge, CEO of Families for Excellent Schools. “Parents will lead the charge on March 4th to call for an end to this crisis.”
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