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Brooklyn Parent Newsletter - Feb. 1, 2017

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Dear parents, grandparents and education activists,

We want to thank the parents, grandparents and education activists who contacted their senators and spoke out on social media to register their opposition to Betsy DeVos, President Trump's nominee for education secretary. Two Republican senators — Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — announced today that they would not support DeVos' nomination when it comes to a full vote before the Senate. Just one more Republican senator is needed to halt DeVos' confirmation. Senators Collins and Murkowski both noted that their decisions were influenced by the thousands of phone calls they received from constituents. Help put pressure on Republican senators who may be on the fence »

DeVos has spent her life and vast fortune trying to turn public education into a private marketplace. If she becomes U.S. education secretary, students with disabilities will suffer the most. Watch and share this short video about why DeVos is a danger to special education »

Check out more upcoming events and news you can use below.


Betty Zohar
UFT Parent-Community Liaison

Upcoming events

  • Friday, Feb. 3: The New York City Council and New York City LGBT Caucus will hold a forum to address the needs of trans and gender-nonconforming New Yorkers from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Brooklyn YWCA, 30 Third Ave. Community leaders, elected officials, professionals and community members will discuss education, housing, policing, healthcare and employment issues for trans people. Food, MetroCards and Spanish-translation assistance will all be available. See the flier in English and Spanish »
  • Sunday, Feb. 5: You're invited to the 18th annual Lunar New Year parade and festival in Chinatown this weekend. Festivities start at noon at the intersection of Grand St. and Forsyth St. in Manhattan. There will be food, performances and vendors. See the event listing »
  • Monday, Feb. 13: You’re invited to a free screening of 13th, a documentary by Ava DuVernay explores the nation’s history of racial inequality through the lens of the criminal justice system. The film’s title refers to the 13th Amendment of the constitution. The screening, which will be followed by a discussion, is part of the UFT’s Black History film series. The event will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at union headquarters at 52 Broadway. Register online now »
  • Monday, Feb. 13: Come to a workshop about making friends for parents and caregivers of people with autism from 10 a.m. to noon at the New York University Child Study Center at 1 Park Ave. To RSVP, email See the flier in English and Spanish »

    There will be another workshop for parents of people with autism on Tuesday, Feb. 28. It will be about using social stories and visual supports to support children with autism spectrum disorders. The workshop will run from 10 a.m. to noon at the City University of New York Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave. See the flier in English and Spanish »
  • Thursday, Feb. 16: The Brooklyn Community Education Council invites you to a Black History Month celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. at 350 Linwood St. in Brooklyn. There will be music, performances, art, poetry and dancing. See the flier »
  • Friday, Feb. 17: There will be a free workshop for families of people with disabilities about the transition to adult services from 10 a.m. to noon at 160 Lawrence Ave. in Brooklyn. This is part of a series of workshops that United Cerebral Palsy will hold citywide throughout the month. See the flier »
  • Wednesday, April 12: The STARS Citywide Girls Initiative invites young women to its 3rd Annual Girls Leadership Summit from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the High School of Fashion Industries, 225 W. 24th St. in Manhattan. There will be inspiring speakers, workshops about identity and empowerment, a college fair and more. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Register online now »
  • Wednesday, April 26: Save the date for the United Cerebral Palsy of New York City Annual Family Summit from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 5th Ave. in Manhattan. There will be presentations about disability services and supports for education, advocacy and technology. See the flier »

News you can use

  • Run for an education council: The city government invites parents to run for one of 325 seats available on Community Education Councils and Citywide Education Councils across the city. This is a great chance to make your voice heard in the school system. You may submit an application starting on Feb. 9. Find out more »
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