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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.

A new report from The Children's Aid Society and The New School shows the best way to bring NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's vision of 100 community schools to the city's students and their families.

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New York State owes its students billions in school funding it refuses to provide. A powerful photo campaign from the Alliance for Quality Education shows exactly what's missing from schools as a result.

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1.1 million New York City students started the school year without a new discipline code. DSC-NY, with the support of 16 City Council members and two state assembly members, is calling on the Department of Education and the de Blasio administration to limit punitive discipline practices and promote positive school climates.

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Longtime NYC parent organizers Zakiyah Ansari and Ocynthia Williams have been named to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's Community Schools Advisory Board. Congrats Zakiyah and Ocynthia!

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A new lawsuit in New York is challenging teacher tenure, but advocates and organizers point out that the case is merely a distraction from the real inequities that are hurting the state's public schools. Writing in the Times Union, Billy Easton (Alliance for Quality Education) and David Sciarra (Education Law Center) explain what the case gets right––and what it gets completely wrong.

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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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