"The civil rights movement didn't begin in Montgomery and it didn't end in the 1960s. It continues on to this very minute." -Julian Bond

REAL Equity Events: to reclaim educational justice, educate the public, amplify silenced voices, and build tomorrow's leaders

Free x assembly member
harvey epstein

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2020 3:00 – 4:00PM

Free X is a series of events where we meet with elected officials to have discussions about educational policy changes that can positively impact NYC public school families. If you would like to attend a Free X event, join us!

We met with NYS Assembly Member Harvey Epstein via Zoom on a Monday afternoon in November, to discuss our concerns of the inequities presented in the vast NYC public school system. We discussed the need for grassroots organizations like FREE, due to the increasingly vocal anti-integration chorus of parents that has alarmed us in our very own district. We also discussed the need for more teacher diversity, as well as the Teacher Opportunity Corps, a NY state-based program designed to increase teachers of color.

Free x district 1 City council
candidate Christopher marte

Friday, September 18, 2020 5:30 – 6:30pm

Free X is a series of events where we meet with elected officials to have discussions about educational policy changes that can positively impact NYC public school families. If you would like to attend a Free X event, join us!

We met with leading candidate for NYC District 1 City Council, Christopher Marte, via Zoom on a Friday evening in September, to discuss our concerns of the inequities presented in the vast NYC public school system. We discussed the need for grassroots organizations like FREE, due to the increasingly vocal anti-integration chorus of parents that has alarmed us in our very own district. We also discussed the need for more teacher diversity, as well as the Teacher Opportunity Corps, a NY state-based program designed to increase teachers of color.

Free x senator brad hoylman

Thursday, September 10, 2020 1:30-2:45PM

Free X is a series of events where we meet with elected officials to have discussions about educational policy changes that can positively impact NYC public school families. Join us to come to the meetings!

We met with NYS Senator Brad Hoylman via Zoom on a Thursday afternoon in September, to discuss various policy issues that have big implications in the continued segregation of NYC public school students. One ask we presented to the NY State Senator was to support the repeal of the Hecht-Calandra Act, so the decision of the future of the high school screening test, SHSAT (Specialized High School Admissions Test), is back at the city level, as opposed to at the state level in Albany. In the past two decades, the SHSAT has led to de facto segregation of specialized high schools in NYC. 

back to school Information sessions
@ chelsea elliott + fulton houses

monday, august 17, 2020 12:00PM-2:00PM
Tuesday, august 25, 2020 12:00pm-2:00pm

On two breezy summer afternoons in August, Mar Fitzgerald, Patricia Laraia, Akeela Azcuy, Josephine Ishmon, and Cheryl Wu organized twin information sessions for residents of the Chelsea Elliott and Fulton Houses. We discussed the importance of census completion, educational impact of the pandemic in NYC, changes to school meals, health and safety issues when students return to blended learning, and socioemotional support and vulnerabilities with children and adolescents.

We had great turn out (around 30-50 for each event), and were able to provide important information such as questions to ask schools before they reopen, how to obtain the P-EBT cards from the city, what each child is entitled to with regards to devices and internet access.

We also gave out 5-packs of surgical masks and information on how to safely reuse them for students who are returning to school, as well as books, hand sanitizers, and pertinent information that parents find useful.

Most parents tell us that they are not sending their children back to school, as they rightly had concerns about how schools can be funded and staffed sufficiently to keep kids and teachers safe. We agreed and promised to continue to work hard on behalf of the parents. 

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FREE X TALKS

Families for Real Equity in Education
Admissions town hall

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 6:30PM-7:30PM

The NYC Department of Education Enrollment Team listened to parents, elected officials, educators and students share their ideas and perspectives on the possibilities for middle and high school admissions for fall 2021.

Panelists included Josh Wallack, NYC DOE Deputy Chancellor of Early Childhood & Enrollment, Adrienne Austin, DOE Deputy Chancellor of Community Empowerment Partnerships & Communications and New York State Assemblyman Harvey Epstein.

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