Education Justice Fund
Over the past decade, New York City schools have weathered wave after wave of structural change. Massive alterations in school governance, rampant school closings and new school openings, increased emphasis on standardized testing, and the imposition of increasingly high-stakes evaluation metrics on students, schools, and educators have transformed the framework of teaching and learning in New York City, while failing to bring about substantive gains in student achievement.
The Education Justice Fund is a partnership of community, labor, and private philanthropy to build a strong future for our city's kids. By providing grants to proven educational justice coalitions, the Education Justice Fund will bring about meaningful school reform that puts parents, students, community members, and teachers represented by organized labor in the forefront of the conversations.
North Star Fund seeded the Education Justice Fund with a challenge grant of $200,000 in November 2012. Every $2 donated to the Education Justice Fund is matched with $1 from North Star Fund. The match comes through the Activism's Future campaign, which is ensuring a steady flow of resources to grow grassroots social justice organizing in New York City.
The Urban Youth Collaborative (UYC) and the Coalition for Educational Justice (CEJ) have been the grantee recipients of the Education Justice Fund to date. UYC and CEJ are dynamic, growing coalitions behind many of NYC's most recent hard-fought victories on school safety and discipline, college-readiness and funding for academic supports, and interventions for students in the middle grades. They are the largest progressive parent and youth organizations from low-income communities of color organizing for education reform in our city, and they integrate the city's most effective grassroots organizing groups in their memberships. Member organizations in these coalitions that have benefited from contributions to the Education Justice Fund are:
- Future of Tomorrow, Cypress Hills LDC
- Highbridge Community Life Center
- Make the Road New York
- New Settlement Apartments
- New York Communities for Change
- New York Civic Participation Project
- Sistas and Brothas United, Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition
This fall, groups supported by the Education Justice Fund will be working to ensure that the Mayor's ambitious plan to create 100 "community schools" in his first term is bolstered by the wisdom and energy of parents and community members that we know it needs to succeed. And, we will continue to push to ensure that NYC is not left behind as the federal government and a growing number of districts throughout the country are reforming their discipline policies to end racially disparate use of exclusionary discipline measures like suspensions.
You can support the Education Justice Fund with a donation.