Mayor & City Council Balance Budget on Backs of Kids to Protect Cops

Parents of the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice and the Alliance for Quality Education, along with the millions of parents, students and educators across the city, are infuriated by and dismayed at this year’s education budget. Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Johnson, and the entire City Council have failed the children of NYC. “The 1.1 million … Continue reading Mayor & City Council Balance Budget on Backs of Kids to Protect Cops

Mayor and City Council Must Fund Schools, Not the Police

New York, N.Y. (June 29th, 2020) – Parents from the NYC Coalition of Educational Justice (CEJ) and the Alliance for Quality Education joined by Education Activist and former gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, public school teacher and soon to be State Senator Jabari Brisport and others to express their outrage over … Continue reading Mayor and City Council Must Fund Schools, Not the Police

Defund the NYPD, Fully Fund Public Schools

With less than a week until the New York City budget is finalized, Mayor de Blasio is STILL proposing a cut of $800 million from New York City public schools — including cutting mental health supports for students. Just this week the Mayor laid off counselors in high need schools across the city — yet he has proposed to … Continue reading Defund the NYPD, Fully Fund Public Schools

Governor Cuomo Cuts Aid to Municipalities

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 24, 2020) — At a time when our cities are hurting from the loss of revenue, and the needs of New Yorkers are dramatically increasing, Governor Cuomo has abandoned his responsibility to take action. The Governor would have us all believe that he bears no responsibility for that financial and emotional pain that … Continue reading Governor Cuomo Cuts Aid to Municipalities

Police-Free Schools Are a Victory for Rochester’s Students & Families

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (June 16, 2020) — Today, Rochester will make history when the City Council votes to create police-free public schools, making it the third city in the nation to take this important step in the wake George Floyd’s murder and the subsequent uprisings. Cities around the nation are at last recognizing the danger and … Continue reading Police-Free Schools Are a Victory for Rochester’s Students & Families

New York Needs Police-Free Schools, Not Education Cuts

NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 9, 2020) — In response to the New York City Independent Budget Office brief showing a cut of $475 million from New York City public schools, the public education advocacy organization Alliance for Quality Education released the following statement: “Common sense says that we should not cut from public schools. Common sense says … Continue reading New York Needs Police-Free Schools, Not Education Cuts

Remove Police From Rochester’s Schools

Against the backdrop of police violence toward Black and Brown communities, cities around the nation are at last recognizing the danger and harm that police officers in schools represent to Black and Brown students. Now, Rochester has an opportunity to end the presence of police in our own public schools. Email Rochester City Council now and … Continue reading Remove Police From Rochester’s Schools

Police Have No Place in New York’s Public Schools

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 3, 2020) — Yesterday the Minneapolis Board of Education voted to sever its relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD), which until now had been the recipient of more than $1 million in education funds to put its officers in schools. In response, the public education advocacy organization Alliance for Quality Education released … Continue reading Police Have No Place in New York’s Public Schools

Gov. Cuomo Erases Black & Brown New Yorkers Fighting for Educational Equity

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 1, 2020) — The public education advocacy organization Alliance for Quality Education released the following statement in response to comments made by Governor Cuomo regarding education on Sunday: “Yesterday Governor Cuomo told a boldfaced lie to rewrite a version of history in which he is a lone voice in New York speaking up for … Continue reading Gov. Cuomo Erases Black & Brown New Yorkers Fighting for Educational Equity