Press Release 3.3


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New York, NY – Families for Excellent Schools announced Tuesday that more than 160 schools would join 9,000 parents, students and educators in Albany, New York on Wednesday, March 4th at a #DontStealPossible rally to demand an end to a statewide crisis of failing schools. The rally comes on the heels of growing calls for bold, urgent change to ensure no child in New York State is forced to attend a failing school.

A full list of schools is below the jump.

East Capitol Park
State St. and Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12224


11:15 AM – Emcee Samantha Tweedy, Principal of Excellence Boys Charter School, Opens the Rally
11:30 AM – NYS Elected Officials Address Crowd
12:15 PM – WNBA Star & Parent Choice Advocate Lisa Leslie Addresses Crowd
12:30 PM – Fonzworth Bentley, Parents, and Students Address Crowd
12:45 PM – Janelle Monáe Performs
1:15 PM – Post-Rally Press Conference


New York State Elected Officials (To Be Announced Later)
8,000 Parents, Students, and Educators
More than 80 Schools
WNBA Star and 4-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Lisa Leslie
Fonzworth Bentley
Six-Time Grammy Award Nominee Janelle Monáe

What will we be rallying for?

The rally on Wednesday, March 4th will call on state leaders to move beyond bureaucratic tweaks and make bold, structural change to end the state’s failing schools crisis. Schools with academic rigor, highly engaging teachers, excellent professional development and carefully tracked progress should not be limited to a handful of New York’s children.

On Wednesday, more than 9,000 people and 160 schools will be standing in front of the State Capitol to demand that every child gain access to a high-quality school, district or charter.

How serious is New York’s failing schools crisis?

New York’s failing schools crisis presents the greatest public policy challenge of our generation. Across New York State, hundreds of thousands of students—the vast majority of whom are of color and come from families at or near the poverty line—are trapped in failing schools where 90% or more of students cannot read or do math at grade level or are not college ready.

Across Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers, 6 out of 10 schools are failing 90% of their kids. In Syracuse, there isn’t a single school—not one—where the majority of students can read and do math at grade level. Statewide, almost 800,000 children in grades 3-8 failed proficiency exams last year. That’s almost a million kids slipping through the cracks of our schools.

In short, these school systems are failing monumentally—a level of dysfunction that leaves children with almost no hope of reaching college and excelling professionally. Many of these schools have been failing for decades.

List of schools in attendance:
Achievement First Apollo Elementary School
Achievement First Apollo Middle School
Achievement First Aspire Elementary School
Achievement First Brooklyn High School
Achievement First Brownsville Elementary School
Achievement First Brownsville Middle School
Achievement First Bushwick Elementary School
Achievement First Bushwick Middle School
Achievement First Crown Heights Elementary School
Achievement First Crown Heights Middle School
Achievement First Endeavor Elementary School
Achievement First Endeavor Middle School
Achievement First East New York Elementary School
Achievement First East New York Middle School
Achievement First Linden Elementary School
Achievement First North Brooklyn Prep Elementary School
Achievement First University Prep High School
Albany Community Charter School
Brighter Choice Boys Elementary School
Brighter Choice Boys Middle School
Brighter Choice Girls Elementary School
Brighter Choice Girls Middle School
Henry Johnson Charter School
Albany Leadership High School
Coney Island Prep Elementary School
Coney Island Prep Middle School
Coney Island Prep High School
Harlem Link Academy
KIPP Academy Elementary School
KIPP AMP Elementary School
KIPP AMP Middle School
KIPP Academy Middle School
KIPP Infinity Elementary School
KIPP Infinity Middle School
KIPP NYC College Prep High School
KIPP STAR Elementary Washington Heights
KIPP STAR Middle School
KIPP STAR Harlem College Prep Elementary School
KIPP Through College
KIPP Washington Heights Middle School
Boys Prep Bronx Elementary School
Girls Prep Bronx Elementary School
Girls Prep Bronx Middle School
Girls Prep Lower East Side Elementary School
Girls Prep Lower East Side Middle School
Brooklyn East Collegiate Charter School
Bed-Stuy Collegiate Charter School
Brownsville Collegiate Charter School
Excellence Boys Elementary Academy
Excellence Boys Middle Academy
Excellence Girls Elementary Academy
Excellence Girls Middle Academy
Kings Collegiate Charter School
Leadership Prep Bed-Stuy Elementary Academy
Leadership Prep Bed-Stuy Middle Academy
Leadership Prep Brownsville Elementary Academy
Leadership Prep Brownsville Middle Academy
Leadership Prep Canarsie Elementary Academy
Leadership Prep Canarsie Middle Academy
Leadership Prep Ocean Hill Elementary Academy
Leadership Prep Ocean Hill Middle Academy
Ocean Hill Collegiate Charter School
Uncommon Collegiate Charter High School
UncommonCharter High School
Uncommon Prep Charter High School
Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School
Academy of the City Charter School
Amber Charter School
Bedford-Stuyvesant New Beginnings
Beginning with Children Charter School II
Bronx Academy of Promise Charter School
Bronx Charter School for Better Learning
Bronx Community Charter
Bronx Preparatory Charter School
Brooklyn Charter School
Broome Street Academy
Central Queens Academy
Challenge Prep Charter School
Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School
Community Partnership Charter Middle School
Community Partnership Charter Lower School
Community Roots Charter School
Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science Charter School
DREAM Charter School
East Harlem Scholars Academy I
East Harlem Scholars Academy II
Equality Charter School
Equity Project Charter School
Ethical Community Charter
Family Life Academy I
Family Life Academy II
Family Life Academy III
Future Leaders Institute Charter School
Global Communities Charter School
Harlem Children’s Zone Academy II Elementary
Harlem Children’s Zone Academy I
Hellenic Classical Charter School
Hyde Leadership Charter School- Bronx
Innovate Manhattan (KED) Charter
International Charter School
International Leadership Charter School
Invictus Prep Charter School
John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy Charter
John W Lavelle Preparatory Charter
Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter
Lefferts Gardens Charter School
Manhattan Charter School
Manhattan Charter School II
Math Engineering Science Academy
Middle Village Preparatory Charter
Mott Hall Charter School
New American Academy Charter School
New Dawn Charter High School
New Visions for Public School
New World Preparatory Charter School
New York Center for Autism Charter
New York City Montessori Charter School
NYC French American Charter School
NYC Charter HS for Arch, Engineering & Construction Ind.
Opportunity Charter School
PAVE Academy Charter School
Renaissance Charter High School for Innovation
Renaissance Charter School
South Bronx Charter For International Cultures & Arts
St. HOPE Leadership Academy Charter
Summit Academy Charter School
Teaching Firms Am. Prof Preparatory Charter
Tech International Charter School
University Prep Charter High School
Success Academy – Harlem 1
Success Academy – Harlem 2
Success Academy – Harlem 3
Success Academy – Harlem 4
Success Academy – Harlem 5
Success Academy – Bronx 1
Success Academy – Bronx 2
Success Academy – Bronx 3
Success Academy – Bronx 4
Success Academy – Bed-Stuy 2
Success Academy – Bed-Stuy 1
Success Academy – Upper West
Success Academy – Cobble Hill
Success Academy – Williamsburg
Success Academy – Harlem West Middle School
Success Academy – Harlem Central Middle School
Success Academy – Hell’s Kitchen
Success Academy – Union Square
Success Academy – Fort Greene
Success Academy – Prospect Heights
Success Academy – Crown Heights
Success Academy – Harlem East Middle School
Success Academy – Harlem North Central Middle School
Success Academy – Bensonhurst
Success Academy – Bergen Beach
Success Academy – Springfield Gardens
Success Academy – Rosedale
Success Academy – Washington Heights
Success Academy – Harlem North West Middle School
Success Academy – Bronx 1 Middle School
Success Academy – Bronx 2 Middle School
Success Academy – High School of the Liberal Arts

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

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