Sept. 28, 2015


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Award winning singer/actress Jennifer Hudson will headline the “Stand for School Equality” rally on Wednesday, September 30 in Brooklyn. Along with Hudson, “The Man” singer Aloe Blacc and legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff are scheduled to perform. The event will feature over 15,000 parents, educators, and students calling for an end to New York City’s separate and unequal schools.



Families for Excellent Schools is sponsoring the rally at Cadman Plaza. Attendees will march across the Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall in Manhattan to demand change to NYC’s education system. Parents will call on Mayor Bill de Blasio to honor his campaign promise to end inequality and provide families of color with excellent school options. “I’m standing for education equality because every child deserves access to a great school,” said Hudson.


Families for Excellent Schools recently released a white paper titled “A Tale of Two School Systems” which contends Black and Hispanic students are confined to the city’s worst-performing schools. According to the report,  nearly 478,000 children – overwhelmingly Black and Hispanic – attend failing schools, while white and Asian students are more likely to attend top-rated schools.