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New education coalition to unveil racial justice agenda for mayoral, City Council candidates


A student walks past an Hispanic Heritage display in the hallway at school.

In this Nov. 7, 2019, photo, a student walks past an Hispanic Heritage display in the hallway at Crosby High School in Waterbury, Conn. | Jessica Hill/AP

A new citywide education coalition is looking to push 2021 mayoral and City Council candidates to adopt policies centered around racial justice in schools and make bigger investments to support vulnerable student populations.

The coalition, New Yorkers for Racially Just Public Schools, is unveiling “A People’s Agenda for Education and Racial Justice,” centered on issues such as police-free schools, culturally responsive education and getting rid of school admissions policies they say fuel school segregation — a pervasive problem in one of the most segregated school systems in America.

Maria Bautista, campaigns director for the Alliance for Quality Education, said the group started having conversations about three years ago, amid opposition to schools Chancellor Richard Carranza’s push for culturally responsive education and the elimination

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