Community Schools & Mayor De Blasio: Preparing the Next Generation for College & Careers

CEJ's brief "Community Schools & Mayor de Blasio: Preparing the Next Generation College & Careers" was designed to influence and shape Mayor de Blasio’s community schools initiative. The policy brief lays out recommendations for how de Blasio can follow through on his promise to create at least 100 community schools by the end of his first term. It discusses guiding principles for implementation of community schools, a three-year timeline and proposes an estimated $50 million budget and plan for engaging key stakeholders in rolling out the initiative.



Building a Culture of Parent / Community / School Partnership

On October 16, 2013, the Fund for Public Advocacy and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform organized a citywide conference on Parent and Community Engagement, hosted by the Center for New York City Affairs at the New School. Some 150 parent activists, educators, advocates, policy-makers and elected officials participated in workshops, forums, and roundtable discussions. The conference had two 2 major aims: to showcase a set of effective research-based parent and community engagement programs for the conference participants, and to elicit their recommendations for how the new mayor should improve parent and community engagement throughout the city school system.

In this report, you will find the synopses of the national parent engagement models the conference featured and a summary of the recommendations the conference participants offered for the new mayor.


Persistent Educational Failure: The Crisis in District 9 and a Community Roadmap for Mayor Bill de Blasio

Community School District 9 in the South Bronx is in crisis. Outgoing Mayor Bloomberg’s education policies have failed to close the achievement gap between District 9 and the City’s most affluent neighborhoods. In 2013, nine out of ten students in District 9 failed the English Language Arts exam, half of elementary and middle schools in the District are on state improvement lists, and only 10% of students graduated college ready.

Parent leaders of the New Settlement Parent Action Committee (PAC) strongly believe that the status quo cannot continue. The incoming administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio has an historic opportunity to recommit the City to the mission of providing every child with an excellent neighborhood school and this report contains research-based strategies to discontinue this damaging trend.

New Settlement Parent Action Committee (PAC) is a member organization of the Coalition for Educational Justice.


Is Demography Still Destiny?

A report released by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform last year showed that after a decade of the most expansive high school choice system in the country, the college readiness of New York City high school graduates is still very highly correlated with the neighborhood they come from.


Beyond School Closings: Effective Alternatives for Low-Performing Schools

This policy brief reviews the research on school closings, profiles successful national and international models of school turnaround, and outlines CEJ’s proposal for a School Transformation Zone to improve low-performing schools and prevent school closings.


Educational Impact Statement for the NYC Department of Education

CEJ releases a mock Educational Impact Statement analyzing DOE performance and arguing for a moratorium on school closings and the creation of a School Transformation Zone to support low-performing schools and prevent school closings.


Reality Check: The Impact of Co-location on a Sample of Schools

CEJ releases brief demonstrating the flaws and omissions in the DOE’s Educational Impact Statements on school co-locations, and calling for a moratorium on co-locations until an independent analysis can be made.

Looming Crisis or Historic Opportunity?


Our Children Can't Wait


New York City's Middle-Grade Schools: Platforms for Success or Pathways to Failure?