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In an inspiring display of cross-sector collaboration, the New York City School-Justice Partnership Task Force has released an action plan for NYC officials to reduce the use of suspensions, summonses, and arrests by building common cause between different agencies and communities and implementing positive school discipline policies.
 
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On Tuesday, hundreds rallied in Albany on behalf of New York students, calling on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to prioritize equity and educational opportunity in his public school budget.

In this year's state budget deal, organizers in New York defeated a proposed tax credit that would have provided up to $1 million in taxpayer subsidies to wealthy residents for donating to private schools. They also held the line on charter expansion and prevented lawmakers from increasing the charter school cap.

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Grassroots organizers in New York City have been fighting for school discipline reform for years, and their hard work paid off this week when the City Council passed next year's budget with $2.4 million in funding for restorative justice programs.

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The New York City Council is considering a bill that would use public school funding to provide NY Police Department safety agents to private schools. In response, Kesi Foster, Coordinator for the Urban Youth Collaborative, wrote an op-ed arguing this bill not only hurts public schools financially, but also directly contributes to the school-to-prison pipeline.

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Youth organizer Jaritza Geigel gave a powerful speech in New York last week about her own personal experiences with harsh school discipline, its devastating and disproportionate impact on students of color, and the work done thus far to combat it.

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A tax credit plan proposed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo would drain resources from already underfunded public schools and has prompted over one hundred clergy members to speak out against the Governor's proposal.

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Report
Bruce D. Bakers Alliance for Quality Education, Feb 2014
In 2007, New York State adopted, but failed to implement, a Foundation Aid formula that would have ensured equitable educational resources in districts across the state. A report from the Alliance for Quality Education shows the districts with the largest gaps between what they need in state funding aid and what the state is actually providing.
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Center for Children's Initiatives and the Campaign for Educational Equity, Nov 2013
This report provides a detailed roadmap for making high-quality, full-day prekindergarten available for all three- and four-year-old children in New York State over an eight-year period.
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Urban Youth Collaborative, Oct 2013
In this policy brief, the Urban Youth Collaborative highlights proven strategies from across New York City for encouraging students to go to college and supporting them as they navigate the application process.
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