More than 75,000 parents throughout New York City are petitioning the state to make a real change in education.
Led by Ebony Burrowes, mother to 9-year-old Davonte, the petition states:
Across our city, there are 143,000 kids trapped in more than 350 schools just like Davonte’s—schools where 9 out of 10 students aren’t learning to read or do math.
My son is full of potential, and his life should be full of possibilities. But the expectations for him are so low at school. Each year, he falls farther and farther behind, and so do his classmates.
These kids aren’t failing—our school system is. New York City’s school system is broken, and there is no real plan to fix it.
We need real change and we need it now. Our children can’t wait.
Ebony, along with other parents across the city, will gather tomorrow at New York City Hall to call for change.
I hope New York’s leadership listens.
New York is facing a huge moment in education—not only through this petition, but this is also the first week of oral arguments in a landmark education case concerning teacher employment laws, Wright vs. New York. At the same time, nearly 1,000 parents, teachers, and union leaders gathered in Albany to demand fair and equitable funding.