Quality Kindergarten through 12th Grade education is critical for ensuring children and youth develop the skills they need to be prepared for college, careers, and adult success. Over 2.7 million children, one million of whom are from New York City, attend one of the almost 5,000 public schools in New York State.
CCC’s Work in Education
Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York is committed to ensuring all children have access to quality education.
CCC advocates to:
Ensure all schools have the resources they need to provide students with a quality education:
- We advocate for increases in New York State Education Aid to increase the resources for schools statewide.
- We advocate to ensure all public schools have the resources they need for small class sizes, quality teachers, supplies, and support services so they can ensure all students receive the attention and assistance they need to succeed.
Ensure all children are able to obtain a high school diploma, or the equivalent:
- We support the development of early warning systems, which would allow teachers to assess student progress and address student needs before they fall behind academically.
- We advocate for decreasing the numbers of students expelled or suspended, so children remain engaged and connected to their schools.
- We support increased investments in programs, supports and alternative options for youth who have fallen behind in obtaining the credits they need to graduate from high school.
- We advocate for services and supports that close the achievement gap between students.
- We promote programs and policies that create positive school environments in which children can learn, including reforming the disciplinary code, ensuring security measures do not create punitive school environments, and eliminating bullying.
- We advocate for school curricula to be comprehensive and include physical fitness, art, music, nutrition, sexual education and money management.
For more information, please contact Grant Cowles, Policy and Advocacy Associate for Youth Justice, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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