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Your Child, Your School, Your Voice

May 24, 2018 Press Conference

PRESS RELEASE

PRESS RELEASE

The District 5 Community Education Council, NAACP, The Harlem Renaissance Education

Pipeline and community at large call for a charter moratorium and an investment in public

schools to promote equity and transparency in New York Public Schools

“School District 5 leads city and state call-to-action for equity and transparency in all public

schools”

New York, N.Y. (May 24, 2018) — Today, community leaders and stakeholders will converge at

Abyssinian Baptist Church (132 W 138th St, New York, NY 10030) at 11am to announce a callto-

action to end the structural and institutional disparities in New York public education.

The District 5 Community Education Council, NAACP, and The Harlem Renaissance Education

Pipeline (HREP) will lead the charge to demand that all public schools, whether DOE schools or

charters, in School District 5 and beyond, are held accountable to the same standards for equity,

respect, and fulfillment.

While charter schools are considered public schools and receive public tax dollars to operate,

they are not subject to the same standards and expectations as DOE schools. “Charter

schools, on their face, are no better or worse than DOE schools, but because of their model of

governance, they are not accountable to students, parents, or the community in the same way

that DOE schools are,” says Dr. Sanayi Beckles Canton, President of The District 5 Community

Education Council.

In West and Central Harlem, a higher percentage of kindergarteners attended charter schools

in 2016-17 than anywhere else in New York State. It is also one of the first communities to authorize

charter schools in the United States. In this district that once chartered a national “charter

school shift,” today, District 5 schools are being pitted against one another to struggle for

students, resources, and co-location. The diversity of teaching and leadership staff, disciplinary

practices, and services to children with higher needs also glaringly lacks equitability, which

compounds the problem of transparency among public schools in the District.

As the Mayor and Chancellor of New York City push their newly adopted agenda “Equity and

Excellence for All: Diversity in New York City Public Schools,” The District 5 Community Education

Council, NAACP, and HREP, along with a collective of over 50 CBO’s and local businesses,

are appealing for reform.

The group is proposing that New York City’s Mayor and Schools Chancellor, the New York

State Education Department, and the New York State Legislature hold all schools in District 5

to the agenda of “Equity for All,” which includes:

1. Reimbursement of $12 million of Foundation Aid (CFE) owed to District 5.


2. No new authorizations of charter schools in Harlem.


3. Investment in institutional practices and spaces that give parents opportunities and resources

to be involved in decisions affecting schools in our community.


4. Review and assessment of all current charter schools practices in our community.


5. Creation of an independent agency (i.e. Office of Charter Accountability and Transparency)

where all New York State charter parents have a clear unbiased pathway to getting assistance

with concerns or issues that arise in their children’s charter schools.


6. Changes in New York State charter-school hiring practices, in consultation with local public

schools, to promote more diverse populations of teachers and leadership staff that reflect

the demographics of the communities they serve, and an annual evaluation of the impacts

of these changes.


7. Enforcement by NYSED of the charter law, which states that all charter schools are supposed

to work in collaboration with local public schools on educational practices and family

engagement.


8. Statewide ratings of charters on how well they follow charter law regarding sharing best

practices with public schools—through professional development, resources in shared colocations,

and family and community engagement. These ratings should be considered as

part of the evaluations to renew charters of existing schools.


9. Involvement of the local Community Education Council (CEC) in public hearings and data

collection any time an existing New York City charter school is looking to expand within a

district in order to understand the community impact that their school will have on local

DOE schools.


This call-to-action is paramount as it represents a microcosm of the national public education

debate. Education and business leaders are making investments in charter schools throughout

the United States. If they don’t insist that all public schools are held accountable to the same

standards of equity, transparent governance, and parent inclusion, Harlem and Community

School District 5’s current position could be indicative of what’s to come nationally.

With a commitment from the Mayor, Chancellor, and the NYS and NYC Department of Education,

the District 5 Community Education Council, NAACP, and HREP intends to alter the looming

history and trajectory of public school education in school District 5, and beyond.


The District 5 Community Education Council

Community Education Councils, created by the New York State Legislature, are the local bodies responsible for ensuring that public school parents and the public have input in educational decision-making at the community school district level. The District 5 Community Education Council supports 23 public elementary, middle and high schools in Central Harlem.

https://cec5.org/


NAACP | New York State

The NAACP New York State Conference has been a vital programmatic component of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for 80 of the 108-year history of the oldest, most effective and most respected civil rights organization in the Nation. The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.

https://www.nysnaacp.org/


The Harlem Renaissance Education Pipeline (HREP)

The Harlem Renaissance Education Pipeline is a Cradle to Career Collective Impact Partnership made up of a crosssector of organizations working together to improve outcomes for families and students in Central and West Harlem.

http://www.hrep.nyc/


PRESS CONTACT

Dr. Sanayi Beckles Canton, CEC5

cec5@schools.nyc.gov

212-470-5852

STAND WITH US

Date: May 24, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM

Place:  Abyssinian Baptist Church

Address: 132 West 138th Street

New York, NY 10030


Doors Open at 10:00 AM

Light Breakfast

About Us

Commitment to Excellence

Community Education Councils, created by the New York State Legislature, are the local bodies responsible for ensuring that public school parents and the public have input in educational decision-making at the community school district level.  This Council supports 23 public elementary, middle and high schools in Central Harlem.

Did You know.........

CEC5 currently has a vacancy.  
Please contact us at 212-222-1359 ext. 2321 or  cec5@schools.nyc.gov, if you are a dedicated community parent leader interested in serving.

2015-2017 Highlights

  • Wake Up To What Matters Campaign
  • Education Summit (Parent Lead)
  • Town Hall with Chacellor Carmen Fariña
  • Parent Power Series
  • Parent Choice Awards

President

Dr. Sanayi Beckles-Canton
Chair of the CEC5 Policy Commitee

2nd Vice President

Pamela Stewart
Manhattan Borough President Appointee
Chair of the the CEC5 Parent Leadership Committee

Recording Secretary

 Miriam Shanderson

Treasurer

 Schadell Barnhill

Member

Sydahne Bradge

Member

Ayisha Irvin

Member

 Nydia Prishker

Member

Anna Minsky

Important Upcoming Events

CEC5 Press Conference

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Equity For All Schools in District 5


HOT TOPICS:

Foundation Aid $12mm Owed  to D5 

Transparency

Equity

Accountability


Thursday, May 24, 2018

11:00 AM

Abyssinian Baptist Church

132 West 138th Street

New York, NY 10030


Briefing & Light Breakfast at 10:00 AM



CEC5 May Business Meeting

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

6:00 PM

District 5 Office - Conference Room 231

PS 36 - Unit 2

123 Morningside Drive

New York, NY 10027


Your Child, Your School, Your Voice

CEC D5 Notice of Vacancy

Two Vacancies 

General Education & English Language Learners (ELLs)

Grades K-8


If you are interested in serving on the council, consider filling out an application.  

email: cec5@schools.nyc.gov 

or 

call the CEC5 Office

Join one of our committees and be apart of the change in District 5

CEC5 Education Policy

Sanayi Beckles-Canton, Chair


CEC5 Parent Leadership

Pamela Stewart, Chair


CEC5 Legal Round table

(INACTIVE)

CEC5 Diverse Learners Committee (INACTIVE)

Parenting Journey

Parenting journey is a 10 session program that focuses on promoting attitudes that enhance good parenting behaviors and providing the tools for parents and caregivers to effectively model these behaviors at home.  Parenting Journey is designed to create a safe haven, where parents can share their experiences, thoughts, and feelings in an environment of safety, trust and respect.


Class Dates: Tuesdays April 17, 2018 - June 26, 2018

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

225 West 123rd Street

New York, NY 10027


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Contact: Ocynthia Williams, Co-Director Harlem Renaissance Education Pipeline, Inc.

ocynthiawill@gmail.com or 646-442-6565

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