About the Coalition

The New York Equity Coalition is a group of civil rights, education, parent, and business organizations committed to fighting for higher achievement and greater opportunities for all students in New York State.

The coalition originally came together in 2016 with a shared belief that the Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced No Child Left Behind, presents a critical opportunity to improve New York’s education system – a system riven by massive systemic inequities in access, opportunity and performance, especially for students of color, low-income students, students with disabilities, and English Language Learners.

ESSA gives states considerable flexibility to craft their own accountability systems — in the process asking states to make crucial decisions about what it means to be a successful school, what rate of academic progress is acceptable, and what to do when schools are not meeting our expectations.

The coalition has broadened its focus to include other education equity issues that contribute to the gaps in access and opportunity that hold too many students back from a bright future and from the state achieving its economic potential.

Coalition Members