Updates & Blog

New York Campaign Demands City Cut Funding for Cops in Schools – Fund Restorative Practices Instead

In fiscal year 2017, New York City paid $357 million to the New York Police Department (NYPD) for its School Safety Division, which assigns 190 police officers and over 4,600 School Safety Agents to the city's public schools. In contrast, the city schools employ only 2,800 full-time guidance counselors, and 1,252 full-time social workers, making New York City one of at least three in the country (others include Miami-Dade and Chicago) that spend more for school security officers than student support staff. Needless to say, Black and Latino students are disproportionately impacted, accounting for 92 percent of all arrests in the NYC schools.

Build Schools, Not Walls!

That is what we are demanding from the President and our elected leaders in Washington. Instead of building a wall that will cost countless millions, Donald Trump should invest that money in schools where all children--no matter their creed, color or citizenship status--deserve a high-quality neighborhood public school where they feel safe, respected and loved. On May  1, we’re mobilizing with other allies—groups representing social justice, immigrant justice, civil rights, women’s rights and much more—to share our vision of a country where we invest in public education, we treasure the role immigrants play in our country and we work collectively to build schools, not walls. We’re asking all of you to join us on May 1st by reaching out to other organizations in your community to organize public action. Please watch reclaimourschools.org for updates and more information coming soon.

Trump Budget Will Redirect Public Money to Private Schools


WASHINGTON—On Thursday, the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools Executive Director Keron Blair released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, released today. The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools is a coalition of parents, youth, community and labor organizations that together represent more than 7 million Americans:

On Tuesday night President Trump declared education to be “the civil rights issue of our time.” Then he called on Congress to pass legislation that would strip vital resources from public schools that millions of black and brown children attend. In the weeks leading up to the speech, he announced a ban on Muslims entering the country. He rescinded federal guidance on the rights of LGBTQ students and on discrimination in school discipline.

This afternoon the U.S. Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as our new Secretary of Education. Last night, over a dozen Senators spoke at a Washington, D.C. rally, thanking everyone for the unprecedented outpouring of concern over this confirmation—concern that swung two Republican votes and forced the Vice President to break a tie. Our voices were heard.


AROS National Day of Action: January 19th
The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (AROS) stands for fully funded public schools that provide a quality education to every child. We will not cooperate with Donald Trump’s stated plans to divert billions of public dollars to vouchers and charter schools.  We will not cooperate with his hateful rhetoric and bullying of immigrant children, LGBT students, Muslims and others. We oppose the confirmation of billionaire Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. We demand safe and nurturing schools where children can learn without being frightened or harassed.  We will work for policies and practices that strengthen our public schools, not dismantle them.

Students Stand Up, Walk Out

“A lot of my friends are disabled, a lot of my friends are immigrants, a lot of my friends are undocumented. This is scary. Everyone was just so distraught, and we all want to do something.”  This quote, from Hebh Jamal, a student at Beacon High School in New York City, pretty much sums up the emotions.  But students there, and around the country have done more than speak up.  They’ve taken their fear to the streets in the wake of the November 8th elections.

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MEMO:  Results of Two Key Charter Initiatives Suggest Growing Concern About Charter Impacts
November 9, 2016

The defeat of two high-profile charter initiatives at the ballot box on Tuesday signals a growing public concern about the impacts, and rapid proliferation of charter schools across the country.