At NYCpublic.org's Design/HACKATHON you will be able to join forces with other talented folks to create an app (or other tool) designed to help the city’s public school parents:
- LEARN more about the issues that affect their children’s schools
- CONNECT (not so easy in a system that encompasses 1700 schools)
- ORGANIZE + TAKE ACTION on the policies they believe in
Why invest your time with us?
- Everyone benefits from a well-educated populace. Schools are stronger in communities where there’s a high degree of family engagement. In our city, the largest urban district in the country, engagement is complicated by geography, class, and language divisions. On top of that, the current system of school governance makes parents feel disempowered. NYCpublic.org is committed to finding ways for parents to connect, build our expertise, and advocate for the education that our children deserve.
- Yummy food.
- Use your powers for good!
Founded by 3 mothers whose children are public school students, NYCpublic.org supports parents in learning more about education issues, organizing themselves, and taking action.
While our efforts will extend beyond the netroots model—so as to give voice to all interested parents regardless of technological savvy or access—our primary organizing vehicle will be an easy-to-use, highly interactive social action website.
What’s unique about NYCpublic?
1) Who’s (not) setting the agenda. The mothers starting NYCp hold some pretty strong opinions about the state of New York’s schools. But we aren’t starting our organization to foist our opinions on other parents. NYCpublic.org will have no specific philosophical or political bent. We will not set the agenda for parents; they set the agenda themselves.
Why parent participation matters
NYCpublic isn't just about creating something that parents want (a space to connect with other parents' efforts, actions, and ideas). We are creating what schools (and our children) need.
Increasingly, a consensus is emerging that what is needed to improve schools is an active citizenry, invested in solving educational problems through public deliberation. (National Education Policy Center, 2012)