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Promoting Full Participation by Immigrant Parents

Make the Road New York's Education Justice Project improves public schools for students and their families—crucial work in a city where only 13% of black and Latino high school students graduate ready for college. We work to relieve public school overcrowding, expand college opportunities and support parents and students in claiming a bigger voice in their education. We anchor key coalitions including the Urban Youth Collaborative and the Coalition for Education Justice.

With allies, we highlighted the overcrowding crisis in densely populated Corona, Queens. Our first success was the groundbreaking of PS 287, which will add 420 new seats for pre-K through 5th grade students. Our work also resulted in creation of a broad taskforce that includes the School Construction Authority, parent associations, elected representatives and other stakeholders to address overcrowding in two of Queens’ most densely populated districts.

In response to our efforts, the city created a Translation and Interpretation Services Unit and began providing translation services at all schools. Now parents with limited English can communicate reliably with school administrators and teachers.


  • Broke ground on a new public elementary school and won commitments to build another, adding a total of 1,420 new seats to relieve severe school overcrowding in northwest Queens.

Expanding Civil Rights | Promoting Health | Improving Housing
Winning Workplace Justice | Improving Public Education | Empowering Youth


Paid Sick Days Now the Law in NYC!

Starting July 30, 2014, workers in NYC can now take paid sick days under the recent expansion of the Earned Sick Time Act that MRNY members helped to win.

Building upon the original law, now workers at businesses with 5 employees or more can earn up to 5 paid days off per year to care for themselves or a sick family member. No worker in NYC can be fired for taking a sick day. Read more...