Press Release 3.2

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** MARCH 2, 2015

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SIX-TIME GRAMMY AWARDS NOMINEE JANELLE MONÁE TO PERFORM AT WEDNESDAY’S ALBANY RALLY TO END STATEWIDE FAILING SCHOOLS CRISIS

AWARD WINNING SINGER AND SONGWRITER MONÁE IS NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED EDUCATION ADVOCATE

Rally to End Statewide Failing Schools Crisis Expected to Have 8,000 Attendees
#DontStealPossible

New York, NY – Families for Excellent Schools announced Monday that six-time Grammy nominee and education advocate Janelle Monáe will perform among 8,000 parents, students, and teachers at Wednesday’s rally in Albany to end New York’s failing schools crisis.

The #DontStealPossible rally on Wednesday, March 4th will call on state leaders to move beyond bureaucratic tweaks and make bold, structural change to end the crisis. More than 80 schools across New York State are expected to attend, along with parents from traditional NYC public schools.

“It’s heartbreaking to know that there are 800,000 New York kids falling through the cracks every year,” said Monáe. “I am honored to stand with families demanding an end to this crisis.”

In July, Monáe was presented with the Jane Ortner Education Award by First Lady Michelle Obama, recognizing an artist’s dedication to education through the arts. Monáe is an award-winning soul and R&B singer, songwriter, and record producer. Her debut studio album, The ArchAndroid, was nominated for Best Contemporary R&B album, and her second album, The Electric Lady, was released in 2013 to critical acclaim. In 2012, Monáe was a guest vocalist in “We Are Young” by Fun, which went on to reach no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and garner nominations for Record of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

The announcement of Monáe’s attendance follows Families for Excellent Schools’ call for a swift state takeover of chronically failing schools, and comes amidst “Ten Days of Possible,” a social media campaign counting down towards next week’s rally in Albany.

ADVISORY FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4TH RALLY IN ALBANY, NEW YORK:

WHEN:

RALLY: 11:30 AM, Wednesday, March 4, 2015
PRESS CONFERENCE: 1:15 PM, Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WHO:

8,000 Parents, Students, and Educators

More than 80 Schools
WNBA Star and Parent Choice Advocate Lisa Leslie
Six-Time Grammy Award Nominee Janelle Monáe (Performer)

WHAT:
#DontStealPossible Rally to End Statewide Crisis of Failing Schools

WHERE:
State Capitol Steps
State St. and Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12224

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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