June 13, 2013
By Stephanie West
NEW YORK, NY – Mona Davids will continue in her position as President of the New York City Parents Union (NYCPU) but also take on the responsibility of political and policy strategist for Local 372. Mona as the founder and volunteer leader of an important parent organization has inspired parents to effect change in the governance of our public schools as well as quality of education in New York City public schools.
Mona's determined advocacy led to changes in the New York State Education Law, including requiring that public schools receive matching funds to renovate their space when co-located with a charter school. She was also instrumental in changing regulations so that now all charters need to establish PA/PTA's and the State Comptroller audit charter schools.
Ms. Davids' advocacy for the rights of public school parents has extended to the courtroom. During her tenure, NYCPU has filed multiple lawsuits fighting for parent and student rights. This includes a law suit against Governor Cuomo's $250 million punishment action for the failure to reach a teacher evaluation agreement.
In hearing of the news of Mona's appointment, Ms. Sonya Hampton, Parent Association President at Manhattan's PS 149 said "This is great news for public school parents and a natural fit for Mona Davids. At my school, we already partner with our school aides, lunch room workers and parent coordinator. Those Local 372 members keep our school running and take care of our babies when they are in school. Congratulations, Mona!"
"I am looking forward to working with President Crespo and the Local 372 family," said ms David. "With my son entering Kindergarten in September and my daughter entering 10th grade, I am invested in the public school system for the next 13 years. My new role presents me, the NYCPU and Local 372 with opportunities to do even more for public school parents and children. I will continue the fight to ensure that every child receives equal access to a high quality education,"