Public Education

To secure access to quality and affordable education, WCC advocates for policies that increase access to quality public education (preK-12) and higher education, reduce high school drop-out rates, promote support for special needs populations, prepare students for college and the workforce, de-segregate and foster a culturally inclusive school system, and ensure a broad-based curriculum, which includes the fine arts, physical education, civic education, financial literacy, sex education, and improve financial accessibility to public education.

Recent Successes

On Thursday, October 29, 2015, the New York City Council unanimously passed legislation to ensure that public school students are receiving state-mandated physical education and will require the Department of Education to report information about physical education in each school. WCC’s Task Force on Physical Education in City Public Schools has been a leading advocate on this issue. Click here to read the Task Force’s position report released in 2013. Click here to read the press release.

“It has been well-documented that physical education improves academic achievement. Therefore, to foster academic achievement without building physical fitness is an exercise in futility. The Women’s City Club of New York applauds this bill as an essential step in ensuring accountability for the health and wellbeing of students in the public schools.” 

– Jacqueline Ebanks, Executive Director, Women’s City Club of New York

On Tuesday, October 27, 2015, Marge Ives, Co-Chair, WCC’s Task Force on Sex Education in New York City Public Schools, testified before the New York City Council at its joint hearing on Sex Education in New York City Schools. Click here to read her testimony.