Beth Milne is a past member of the 50CAN team. 

Information is power—and in the hands of advocates like you, it’s the power to demand better education policies for kids throughout New York. That’s why my team is committed to bringing you high-caliber research that’s easy to navigate, easy to understand and easy to share.

We’ve really delivered on that mission today.

After months of work, I’m proud to unveil our 2013 ‘State of New York Public Education’ report: a comprehensive and interactive look at the school system that serves more than 2.6 million kids every day.

What’s more, our latest report lives on our brand new website, designed to improve your experience as you get informed, get connected and get active around the issues that impact our kids. The 2013 ‘State of New York Public Education’ is a great place to start.

  • As you navigate through this report, you’ll discover a complex story of New York’s triumphs and shortcomings:
  • Though New York ranks near the top in pre-K accessibility for 4-year-olds, our state is at the bottom in pre-K accessibility for 3-year-olds.
  • Judging from New York’s results on the Nation’s Report Card, more than 60 percent of eighth-graders aren’t on track to have the math and reading skills necessary for college and the workplace.
  • Fewer than 65 percent of New York’s black and Latino students graduate from high school on time, compared with 86 percent of white students—and just 46 percent of English-language learners.

I know these are sobering statistics. That’s why I hope this report helps you spark the tough, important conversations that will highlight what’s working, what’s not and how New York can improve our schools before more kids fall through the cracks.

We can’t do this work without you.


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