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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


Announcing a Major Expansion of Paid Sick Days

It's a new day for working class New Yorkers!

On January 17, Mayor de Blasio, City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito and members of the City Council announced an exciting new proposal to expand New York City's Paid Sick Days law, which MRNY and our partners helped to win last spring!

Under the original law, set to take effect this April, employers with 15 employees or more will be required to provide 5 paid sick days -- impacting one million workers. Mayor de Blasio's proposal would extend this requirement to businesses with 5 employees or more.

The new proposal also includes manufacturing workers (who were left out of the original law). Hundreds of thousands more New Yorkers will be able to take a paid day off to care for themselves or a sick family member. Read more...