Hundreds demonstrated outside of the Department of Education on Capitol Hill. Youth and parents [including members of Make the Road New York] representing 18 cities from across the country called for education reforms starting with a march and ending with a rally.
Across the country, hundreds of schools have been closed, virtually all of them in communities of color. The closures have devastated neighborhoods and disproportionately impacted Black and Latino students. Zakiyah Ansari, a New York mother of eight says the nationwide education system needs repair.
Teachers also say they’re facing frustration in evaluations systems that determine teachers’ and schools’ performances.
Many here feel that standardized testing has led to the unnecessary firing of teachers and deficits in quality learning.
Students say they have trouble keeping up in school, which leaves them unable to be competitive globally and professionally.
The US government’s education policy has followed years of reforms from the “No Child Left Behind Act” created under George W. Bush. These protesters say there are thousands of children not only left behind but are falling through the cracks under President Obama.
Since the November NYC elections, MRNY members have been hard at work setting the agenda for our next mayor, City Council and citywide elected officials.
We kicked off "Talking Transition" with a low-wage worker forum and our attorneys have been staffing a Single Stop clinic around the clock at the Transition tent.
Recently, our youth joined the Transitions conversation to bring education and police reform issues into the spotlight for the new elected officials. 17-year-old youth leader Cheyanne Smith was also profiled in the New York Times for her leadership to make NYC schools more respectful, safe, and dignified places for learning.