Call to Educational Justice Conference
On October 17th, 2015 hundreds of parents, educators and students came together in NYC to discuss a new vision for public education. Listen to Principal Jamaal Bowman’s powerful opening statement and his call to action! Please share this video widely!
NYC Opt Out recently launched a “toolkit” website to help parents organize their own school communities. It provides a handy introduction to the state tests (delineates the arguments against them), sample flyers, talking points, and organizing tips. In the next two months, we’ll be adding more handouts and sample presentations (including a downloadable audio presentation for parents who can’t make it out to public forums) and more Spanish translations.
This will be a crucial year for Opt Out in New York State, and NYC needs to do our part! We TRIPLED our opt out numbers between 2014 and 2015 and had significant opt out activity in all 5 boroughs! Now it’s time to show the powers that be in Albany that NYC parents are not to be messed with! Yes, there are a lot of obstacles in our way, but now that state and city officials have acknowledged that opting out is a PARENT’S RIGHT and that students and schools cannot be punished for opting out, this is THE year for us to opt out and to deal a final, crushing blow to the test-and-punish policies of the NYS Education Department!