Who is EdVox?
EdVox is “verus vox vocis”, real voices of the people. Too often, our voices are absent from discussions about education policy.EdVox is a South Bronx mother who walks her children to overcrowded, under resourced, neighborhood public schools; EdVox is a Co-Op City father who drives his children to thriving Harlem charter schools.
EdVox is a student in Washington Heights getting dual language education; EdVox is an English language learner from Jackson Heights translating for her parents at parent-teacher night.
EdVox is in Corona Queens dreamily awaiting going to college; EdVox is in Bushwick Brooklyn awaiting passage of the DREAM Act so he can go to college.
EdVox is a Muslim family whose hijab wearing daughters might not be safe in school today; EdVox is the grandmother sending her grandchildren to Catholic school to ensure they will be safe today.
EdVox is the shamefully few Black and Latino students admitted to NYC specialized high schools; EdVox is all of the other children nationwide idly left behind.
EdVox is a 17-year old college freshman who is tuned in and turned on; EdVox is a 17-year old high school freshman who has turned off and is ready to drop out.
EdVox is one agent of change in the White House; Ed Vox is all parents united to be agents of change in every public schoolhouse.
I am EdVox. Are you?
Carol Boyd is a native New Yorker whose entire family (including her 89-year-old mom) has attended the NYC public school system. As one of the first cohort of students to be sent to school out of district, she has seen many school reform initiatives come and go to the point where “everything old seems to be new again”. It was the undereducation of Carol’s own two children that fueled the need to become a vocal parent activist in the Bronx community where they live, and subsequently across the city. History has a way of repeating itself, and today Carol’s two children attend schools outside their local districts and have become youth activists themselves. Their turtle Myrtle remains home schooled. Carol is a member of the New Settlement Apartments Parent Action Committee and the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice.
Currently Senior Scholar at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR) at Brown University, Fruchter founded and directed the Institute for Education & Social Policy at New York University, and served as the Education Program Officer at the Aaron Diamond Foundation. Fruchter has directed an alternative high school for dropouts in Newark, and an alternative bachelor’s degree program for community activists and public sector workers in Jersey City. He served ten years on his local Brooklyn school board, and has published Urban Schools, Public Will; Choosing Equality: The Case for Democratic Schooling; and Hard Lessons: Public Schools and Privatization. Fruchter has also published two novels and co-directed several award-winning documentaries. He was one of the founders of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE).