Press Release 3.25

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2015**

Contact: Families for Excellent Schools –
Khan Shoieb, Khan@StuLoeser.com (646) 650-5503

MEMBERS OF CLERGY AND PARENTS TRAVEL TO ALBANY TO URGE ELECTED LEADERS TO PRESS FORWARD WITH BOLD ACTION TO FIX NEW YORK’S FAILING SCHOOLS CRISIS

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Albany, NY – More than a dozen parents and members of clergy traveled to the New York State Capitol building in Albany on Wednesday afternoon to urge the passage of bold, structural change to fix a statewide failing schools crisis. With nearly 800,000 students failing to read at grade level in New York, members of the clergy on Wednesday spoke of a moral crisis that predominantly trapped Black and Hispanic children in major cities blanketed by persistently failing schools.

With bureaucratic tweaks failing year after year to turn schools around, parents called for bold, structural change that dramatically expands high-quality charter and district school options for parents and their children.

In New York City alone, 96% of the 143,000 students in these failing schools are Black or Hispanic, and 93% come from families near or below the poverty line. In 90 of the city’s schools, not a single Black or a single Hispanic student met proficiency passed state exams.

“Our leaders in Albany need to recognize that it is a moral imperative to end the crisis of failing schools,” said Pastor Samaris Gross. “We came here today because we won’t be ignored–thousands of kids are still trapped in failing schools, waiting for bold action from their state leaders.”

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