This just in, via a press release from the advocacy group:
What: StudentsFirstNY turns in 1,000 voter registration applications to the Office of the Board of Elections in Brooklyn.
Who: Newly registered voter and StudentsFirstNY community organizers
When: 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013
Where: Office of the Brooklyn Board of Elections, 345 Adams St., 4th Floor
Why: In many of the neighborhoods where StudentsFirstNY is fighting a legacy of failing schools and low expectations voter participation is persistently low. In Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville and East New York, less than 20% of eligible voters exercised their right to have their voices heard in the last City elections. StudentsFirstNY is working to increase those numbers.
Our parents, chapter-members and volunteers share a vision of a world where all students, no matter where they are born, have the opportunity to learn in an exceptional school. Everybody is responsible for making this happen, but nobody is more responsible than our elected policy-makers, from the president on down to the local community education council member.
What else has StudentsFirstNY done in recent months? According to our reporting, struggling to organize parents, threatening to sue over the city’s distribution of teacher quality, and hiring a new executive director, straight from the Success Academy network of charter schools.