NYC Coalition for Educational Justice
One of the things we love doing at The Justice Project is highlighting other non-profits that are making a difference in our four areas of justice. When we came across the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice we saw a perfect fit:
Who is the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice?
The NYC Coalition for Educational Justice (CEJ) is organizing a parent-led movement for educational equity and excellence in the city’s public schools. We are a citywide collaborative of community-based organizations and unions whose members are parents, community residents and teachers. Together, we are fighting to ensure that every child in NYC receives a quality and well-rounded education.
Why is the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice organizing?
Education is a critical lever for social and economic equity in our society. The opportunity to receive an excellent education is not distributed equally across neighborhoods, and far too many children are stuck in failing schools that do not prepare them for college and the world of work. For example:
- Barely more than a third of Black and Latino students in NYC graduate from high school in four years with a Regents diploma, which will soon be the only diploma available to students.
- Only one in three NYC Black and Latino students are reading and writing at state standards, compared to two out of three White students
What are some of NYC Coalition for Educational Justice successes?
- Middle Grades: CEJ’s efforts led to the establishment of a Middle School Success fund of almost $30 million to support comprehensive reform in low performing middle grade schools.
- Academic Intervention Services: After city test scores plummeted, a CEJ-led campaign resulted in a Department of Education initiative of $10 million to provide additional tutoring to struggling students at 532 schools across the city.
- Science Labs: The Brooklyn Education Collaborative won $444 million from the Department of Education to build science labs in every middle and high school by 2010.
- Teacher Quality: The Community Collaborative to Improve District 9 Schools created the Lead Teacher Program, which puts master teachers in schools to support the development of other teachers. The program expanded to include more than 100 schools citywide.
One of our favorite resources on the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice website is their College Readiness Map:
This map demonstrates the huge disparities in college readiness across the city’s boroughs and neighborhoods, and highlights the urgent need for an education agenda that will provide students in all neighborhoods with the opportunity for a college-preparatory education. Click on the map to utilize this tool:
What do you think is the most beneficial aspect of the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice?