EDUCATION

The United States education system is segregated and inequitable, favoring wealthy students. Even though our schools were technically integrated with Brown v. Board of Education in 1952, they often remain stratified by race and income. New York City has the most segregated schools in the country, and in America your zip code determines your educational future. Recognizing the value of education and its importance, we feel the need to address both the national concerns that plague our system and the issues within the New York City Department of Education

Legislation We Support 

Locally (NYC):

  1. The reformation of the Specialized High School admittance process through the implementation of diversity quotas, admitting the top 7% of students from every middle school, and funding free SHSAT prep programs in under privileged schools.

  2. Expand the Summer Youth Employment Program to ensure every high school student can pursue their interests through access to a paid summer internship.

  3. Increase funding to New York City schools in every zip code by delivering the $1.2 Billion owed from the Campaign for Fiscal Equity law suit

  4. Tax a portion of the wealthiest PTAs and re distribute the money to in need schools.

Nationally:

  1. Removing metal detectors in schools; regulating suspensions and instead implementing restorative discipline practices in all schools; replace a portion of school safety agents with consolers to end the school to prison pipeline which largely began post Columbine when school safety agents had an increased presence in high schools.

  2. Ensure all teachers receive anti-bias training, follow-up professional development, and inclusive curricula

  3. Fund teacher pay rolls, retirement, and other benefits to incentivize staying and performing in school systems.

  4. Ensure all students have access to free, healthy, and filling school lunch and breakfast.  

Actions We’re Taking 

  1. Registering voters to ensure that people from every background can voice their experience and influence their education system 

  2. Hosting town halls where students from different backgrounds can share their schooling experience with their peers and those who represent them

  3. Partnering with organizations such as Teens Take Charge, whose primary focus is the integration of New York City high schools

  4. Creating content which informs readers on the alarming statistics of how segregated, under funded, and lacking many schools are