#DontStealPossible Trends on Twitter

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** OCTOBER 3, 2014

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#DONTSTEALPOSSIBLE TRENDS ON TWITTER, GENERATING MORE THAN 15 MILLION IMPRESSIONS AFTER ONE OF THE LARGEST EDUCATION MOBILIZATIONS IN HISTORY

NEW YORK, NY — Families for Excellent Schools’ CEO Jeremiah Kittredge released this statement Friday following yesterday’s #DontStealPossible rally to end the failing schools crisis:

“After yesterday’s rally, #DontStealPossible generated more than 15 million Twitter impressions and officially “trended” on Twitter, showing that parents across the city and millions of supporters are calling for bold, urgent change.”

Key Statistics on the Failing Schools Crisis:
A July 2014 report found that 143,000 students were trapped in New York City schools where less than 1 in 10 students were proficient in English and math in state exams the year before. (See “Forgotten Fourth” report here.) These 143,000 students are 96% African-American or Hispanic and 93% from families near or below the poverty line.
By the time the average American student graduates high school, he/she is reading at a fifth-grade level–nationally, 1 out of every 4 eighth graders fails to do math at even a basic level.
31 countries outperformed the United States in math on the international PISA exams, including Singapore, Korea, Japan, Switzerland, Finland, Estonia, Poland and Canada.
Month after month, more than 3 million jobs go unfilled due to a shortage in skilled workers.
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
On Twitter at: @Fam4ExcSchools