The Coalition for Public Education/Coalición por la Educación Pública is an independent, non-sectarian, and non-governmental organization with short, middle and long-term educational and social goals. We believe that education is a human right and we want to ensure that New York City public schools are places of learning in which all stakeholders (parents, students, educators, non-pedagogical staff, administrators and the community) are engaged in a democratic process to provide a free and quality education to all its students, from Pre-school to College.
Our coalition is based on antiracist/antisexist democratic grassroots organizing concepts and not based on the idea that any one individual, politician, union leader, or political messiah will save us.
Our coalition will participate in election campaigns but will focus on mass action as a primary vehicle for social change. Therefore, we will organize the distribution of leaflets, mass rallies, forums, civil disobedience, petitions, referendums, web-based actions, economic boycotts, and other grassroots tactics. We also understand that we are not alone in struggle and that we must unite with other groups and individuals who support democracy, self-determination and the empowerment of our communities.
What We Want:
I. A Peoples' Board of Education
II. Local control of our Public Schools not Mayoral Dictatorship!
III. Better Public Schools not Charter Schools!
IV. Power to Parents, Students and Educators!
V. Implementation of a mandatory Antiracist Curriculum!
VI. Recruiting educators from our neighborhoods to achieve racial parity!
VII. Money for Education Not War!
VIII. OUR Schools = Neighborhood School Control!