Our Mission Statement
Students Disrupting Inc was incorporated on September 3, 2019 for exclusively charitable and educational purposes, with the goal of developing, supporting, and sustaining student-run newspapers for all NYC public schools, providing, however, that all purposes of the Corporation are and shall remain exclusively charitable, scientific or educational and otherwise within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Students Disrupting, founded by public school teacher and community activist Dennis Mihalsky, is advocating and fighting for student-run newspapers to be implemented in all New York City public schools by the school year 2020-2021. The bottomline is to provide students a voice within their schools and community in order to be an active, engaged, and informed electorate by the time they graduate high school.
Students deserve a change by and for their benefit. The first step is to listen.
Students Disrupting is collaborating with all modern day education stakeholders to help redefine what the goal of public education ought to be in the 21st century, and not based on the philosophies and politics of the early 1900s.
Currently, only 200 out of the 1,800 NYC public schools have a student run-run newspaper. That means, nearly 1 million youth in the media capital of the world have a voice in their school community. We find this unacceptable.
Media literacy is a vital component for a young person’s development and growth in a democratic society. It’s time we provide students with a real world skill that has the ability to transform the future of our country. Student newspapers are the catalyst to change the direction of our future from being an opinion-based, misinformed, and unengaged society to one that is fact-based, informed, and involved. The true voice of the students in American education is through their newspaper, not their test scores.
The start of the movement towards a truly student-centric, and transparent education system is the implementation of student newspapers in every NYC public school.
The Newseum, the Freedom Forum Institute and the Student Press Law Center have declared 2019 the Year of the Student Journalist, stating:
“This announcement is made in recognition of the important role of student journalists, the impact they make, the challenges they face and to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1969 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, which defended the free press and free speech rights of students.”
As The Newseum, the Freedom Forum Institute and the Student Press Law Center, state:
“[A]s the number of professional journalists has dwindled, student journalists often also fill the gap in reporting on county, state and regional issues. In 2014, a Pew research study found that student journalists made up 14% of the overall state house reporting corps...Journalism education is an important part of training the next generation in civic engagement and responsible oversight of the public sphere. The skills learned in working in student media help create engaged citizens and lifelong critical thinkers. In addition to becoming professional journalists, former student journalist have gone on to become Supreme Court Justices (Assoc. Justice Elana Kagan), the head of the Federal Reserve Bank (Janet Yellin) and CEOs of major corporations (Apple CEO Tim Cook).”
Dennis Speaking at our Launch
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer Speaking at our Launch