John Dewey HS Fights Back

—- For Immediate Release —–
Monday November 29, 2010
John Dewey High School
This week’s rally will begin at 3p.m. on Friday December 3rd.  The John Dewey High School community will be joined by faculty from Sheepshead Bay High School.  The JDHS faculty rallied to support Sheepshead Bay a few weeks ago.
This will be Dewey’s fifth “Fight Back Friday” rally and will be held from 3-4 p.m. outside the main gate on Stillwell Avenue.  “Fight Back Fridays” have been drawing more than 200 demonstrators including students, faculty, parents, alumni and community members.
For follow-up information please contact:
Friends of Dewey: Robert Kanyuk at
Council for Unity: Robert DeSena (founder) at
John Dewey Alumni Association: Teri Brennan at
John Dewey High School was opened in 1969; it is located at 50 Avenue X, Brooklyn.  The school was designed around John Dewey’s core philosophies of student centric education.  John Dewey: “Education is not something to be forced upon children and youth from without, but is the growth of capacities with which human beings are endowed at birth.”
Friends of Dewey was established by a variety of individuals and groups concerned with maintaining and restoring John Dewey High School’s innovative and historically successful education model.  Members include:  current faculty, parents, alumni, former faculty, Council for Unity, Coalition for Educational Justice, notable faculty from NYU Steinhardt School of Education, Brown University
Council for Unity was a program created at John Dewey High School in 1975.  It has since become a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that specializes in reducing violence in schools and communities. CFU has developed a curriculum utilized in several NYC schools that has helped to resolve issues of safety, bias, bullying and gang violence.  The at-risk students who participate in the CFU curriculum have significantly higher graduation rates than their peers. The 2010 graduation rate of CFU participants at JDHS is 96%.
                      Council for Unity – main site:     video site:
                      John Dewey Alumni Assoc.- Archives:


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