NEW YORK – The Partnership for Educational Justice today launched a series of online video testimonials of parents sharing their personal stories as they fight to help their children access a high-quality education. To view the new “Our Voices Will Be Heard” testimonial videos, go to:https://www.youtube.com/user/Part4EduJustice.
“These brave parents want what every parent wants – for their child to have access to great teachers and a strong education,” said Reshma Singh, Executive Director of PEJ. “While all of us recognize the tremendous job a majority of teachers do in giving kids a quality education, it’s also clear that some of the people at the head of the class are not providing effective instruction. After years of feeling shut out from the process, these personal testimonies share a simple message: our voices will be heard.”
The new online video campaign features four of the nine families who are currently challenging state laws that keep ineffective teachers in the classroom, restrict schools from dismissing them and reward seniority over competence. The goal of the campaign is to inform other parents about the case and its impact on families comes just weeks before the motion to dismiss hearing before the New York State courts.
“These brave families are standing up and telling everyone that their voices will be heard. Hopefully these videos will encourage other families to join them in asking the courts to answer a most basic plea – help kids receive a sound basic education,” said Campbell Brown, Founder of the Partnership for Educational Justice.
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Partnership for Educational Justice helps students, families and communities advocate for the great public schools they deserve though coalition building and legal action. All children, no matter their background or circumstance, deserve access to a sound education. The inequalities that exist in our educational system are the civil rights issue of our time. Motivated by a pervasive lack of meaningful progress in ensuring a supportive learning environment for all students, Partnership for Educational Justice challenges antiquated education laws that prevent public schools from providing all students with an excellent education. Targeted litigation will be supported by an aggressive communications campaign at the local, state and national level. Through its work, Partnership for Educational Justice will mobilize families, community stakeholders and organizations to form effective coalitions that increase pressure on legislators and other decision makers to reform our educational system. Founded by Campbell Brown, an award-winning journalist and writer, Partnership for Educational Justice is a recognized 501(c)(3) organization.
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