On Monday, June 15, the Campaign for Educational Equity recognized and celebrated with a group of outstanding partners—teams of parents and high school students who contributed to the success of this year’s “Know Your Educational Rights” (KYER) program, a groundbreaking public-engagement initiative from CEE to equip key education stakeholders with a thorough, research-based understanding of students’ rights under New York State law.
Our 2014-15 partnerships included a workshop series with Community Education Council 6, which represents schools in West Harlem, Washington Heights, and Inwood; our Educational Equity ACTion! project with Epic Theatre Ensemble; and extensive consultations with several schools in Community School Districts 5 and 6.
During the celebration, students and parents alike spoke about how participating in our KYER projects had affected their lives and helped them become more effective advocates for themselves, their families, and their respective communities.
The Epic students performed excerpts from the monologues they wrote based on three sources of information: the workshops we conducted with them last summer; interviews with a range of education stakeholders, including parents, teachers, administrators, and advocates; and our parent- and youth-friendly Know Your Educational Rights handout series.
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