VIDA, Electeds Rally for Education Equality in Bed-Stuy

Originally published in Kings County Politics on May 22, 2018.

Instead of sending out Bedford-Stuyvesant’s best and brightest young minds to schools out of Education District 16 in the neighborhood due to low performing schools, reinvest in the already existing ones in the community.

That was the gist of a rally this week in front of City Hall where Bed-Stuy’s leadership came together to demand Mayor Bill de Blasio getting better funding for schools, address the lack of after-school programming, and how to prevent more students from leaving the district to pursue other educational opportunities.

Among those in attendance were former Assemblywoman and current Democratic District Leader Annette Robinson, current Assemblymember Member Tremaine S. Wright, City Council Member Robert Cornegy Jr. and Shati Robbins-Cubas from State Senator Valmanette Montgomery’s Office.

Shati Robbins-Cubas read a statement on behalf of the State Senator, who could not attend the rally. “Our children should not have to travel outside their neighborhoods just to receive a quality education. All Schools deserve equal access to the resources they need to help their students thrive regardless of the communities they serve or the composition of the student population. We cannot refuse to provide our youth with the support they need and punish them when they have trouble succeeding. The schools managed to turn themselves around, they should be uplifted, not closed. When programs that serve our most venerable students are successful, they should be supported and replicated not suffocated. From boys and girls high school to the alternative education at Old Boy’s high campus, our children have proven to us time and time again how they can succeed when they are given the resources that they need,” the statement said.

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