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CLORE Co-Hosts Policy Breakfast on Mayoral Control of NYC Public Schools

March 20, 2015

The Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality (CLORE) co-hosted a policy breakfast addressing mayoral control of NYC public schools with the Honorable Letitia James, Public Advocate of the City of New York on March 13, 2015.

Latino students comprise 40% of NYC public school students. Therefore, the governance of the public schools is an issue of great importance to New York City’s Latino community and to all communities across the city. The purpose of this gathering was to educate, inform and engage policymakers, parents, and the public in the structure of mayoral control. It also provided an opportunity for meaningful input as the legislation is being considered for renewal.

Several educational experts gave presentations including: Professors Diane Ravitch and Aaron Saiger,  Assemblyman David Weprin and former Council member Robert Jackson, former Community Education Council member Lisa Donlan, former Panel for Educational Policy members Augusta Souza Kappner (President Emerita of Bank Street College), and Patrick Sullivan, as well as key education advocates Kim Sweet of Advocates for Children, Nelson Mar of Bronx Legal Services, and Kesi Foster of Urban Youth Collaborative.

View the program here

View the presentation here

Natalie Gomez-Velez, Diane Ravitch, Aaron Saiger, Robert Jackson

Natalie Gomez-Velez, Diane Ravitch, Aaron Saiger, Robert Jackson

Letitia James, Public Advocate for the City of New York

Letitia James, Public Advocate for the City of New York

The program culminated in breakout sessions during which proposals to improve the degree of transparency, public participation, and inclusion in public school policy making under mayoral control were discussed.

CLORE and the office of the Public Advocate will follow up with a report and recommendations drawing from the policy breakfast as well as forums with parents and community leaders in each of the five boroughs.


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