The Alliance for Quality Education is a coalition mobilizing communities across the state to keep New York true to its promise of ensuring a high quality public education to all students regardless of zip code. Combining its legislative and policy expertise with grassroots organizing, AQE advances proven-to-work strategies that lead to student success and ultimately create a powerful public demand for a high quality education.
AQE was born to give a voice to parents and community members around the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit and calling for a quality education for their schools. Click here for a brief history of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity.
AQE’s platform for student success:
We support efforts to strengthen and deepen teacher preparatory programs and ensure continued access to trainings and supports that help teachers perfect their craft.
The benefits of early childhood education include increased high school graduate rates, increased student achievement, increased college degree attainment and better employment outcomes, while also decreasing teen pregnancy and crime rates. We support the expansion of quality early childhood education programs for all students.
Community schools can provide a place where students, parents and neighbors can access basic healthcare, English as a second language programs, citizenship classes, tutoring, and community service opportunities. We support the creation of community schools that function as a hub in the community to keep students engaged in productive activities and help families access the resources they need.
We believe that education policy and decision-makers should respect parents and bring them to the table. In partnership with the national coalition Communities for Excellent Public Schools, we have developed a proposal for parent, student, and community engagement to be involved in assessing a school’s needs and challenges as well as be involved in finding and implementing solutions.
Money matters; without adequate resources, schools cannot educate students. The availability of resources closely correlates with opportunities and outcomes. We believe school aid distribution should be based on student and school district need.
The overuse of suspensions to discipline students has negative impacts on student learning and increases dropout rates. As an alternative, restorative justice and positive behavioral systems address the root of students’ misbehavior and lead to better outcomes. We support the implementation of progressive codes of conduct that create a positive school climate.
A high quality curriculum ensures that students stay engaged in school, graduate and are well prepared for college and careers. We believe that in order for all students to have the opportunity to succeed they need to have access to Advanced Placement courses, foreign languages, art, music, sports, career and technical education programs.
In the current climate of insufficient funding and raised standards, more harm than good is done if we do not address the misuse on standardized testing. AQE supports: a moratorium on high stakes consequences associated with testing, a ban on standardized testing in pre-K through second grade, a reduction in the amount of testing, and more.