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Thousands Will Rally for An End to Separate & Unequal Education in NYC

education-rally-signThousands of parents, educators, and students will rally at Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn to “Stand for School Equality” on Wednesday, September 30th and call for an end to education inequality in New York City. On behalf of the thousands rallying, a group of parent and community leaders will then march across the Brooklyn Bridge and hold a press conference on the steps of City Hall.

The rally follows the release of Families for Excellent Schools’ white paper, A Tale of Two School Systems, which found that black and Hispanic students are confined to a second-class system of the city’s worst-performing schools. Some 478,000 children – overwhelmingly Black and Hispanic students – attend failing schools, while top-rated schools are reserved almost exclusively for white and Asian students.

Parents will call on Mayor de Blasio to honor his campaign promise to end inequality and provide families of color with excellent school options immediately.  Currently, only one in five Black or Hispanic students can read or write at grade level, and more than 200,000 Black and Hispanic students could not meet academic standards on this year’s state exams.

“My granddaughter should be getting the same opportunities as a child on 5th Avenue — not trapped in failing schools because of where she lives and what she looks like,” said Christine Jackson, a public school parent in Harlem.

Families for Excellent Schools will be holding borough events and stakeholder engagement and community organizing meetings throughout September to raise awareness in the run-up to the rally.  Logistical details for the “Stand for School Equality” rally to follow shortly.

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