New York City education advocates, along with activists from 17 other cities, are bringing their fight against school closures to the U.S. Department of Education today.
Advocates from across the nation to meet with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (above) to demand school closure moratorium.
The advocates have filed complaints with the Office of Civil Rights arguing that school closure policies in their cities have disproportionately impacted poor students of color, English Language Learners and special-education students. Thus, they are demanding a national moratorium on all school closures.
Zakiyah Ansari, a public school parent and founder of the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice, filed complaints in July and earlier this month with the OCR documenting the failed and discriminatory results of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 12-year reign of closure on city public schools.More »