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For Release — May 17, 2018

Business Council statement on New York Equity Coalition report
Report identifies striking gaps in access and opportunity for students of color and proposes solutions to address them.

ALBANY, N.Y.—“This report is alarming in its findings, but hopeful in its conclusions,” said Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., President and CEO of The Business Council of New York State Inc. “What it shows more than anything else is that the status quo will not suffice. We are failing our students, particularly those of color. Access to relevant and rigorous coursework is vital to the success of our students and our state’s businesses. We must ensure that all students have the skills necessary to succeed in our rapidly changing economy, which access to advanced coursework often provides. I applaud The New York Equity Coalition for their exemplary work on this project and pledge the full support of our membership to ensure the commitments laid out in this report are met.”