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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 report from the Alliance for Quality Education says NY Governor Andrew Cuomo owes New York City public schools $2,667 per student, which adds up to $2.5 billion worth of resources currently being withheld from the city's students, teachers and their schools.

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In the Alliance for Quality Education's State of Our Schools speech, Zakiyah Ansari takes NY Governor Andrew Cuomo to task for failing to fix persistent inequities in public school funding. Her call for fairness and opportunity in education could apply just as well to states across the country.

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Hundreds of education organizers protested at the NY State Capitol this week with Rev. William Barber, the minister leading the North Carolina Moral Monday movement, who gave a fiery speech demanding full, fair funding for the New York public schools. 

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With NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio putting millions of dollars into his new community schools initiative, parents with the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice are weighing in with policy guidance for expanding the program.

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A new documentary chronicles how New York City organizers made education inequality the central theme of the last mayoral elections. It's a must-watch case study of how education justice organizers can get their issues on the political agenda – and win.

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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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