Advocating for our schools is all our resposibility.  There are a variety of ways that you can help without ever leaving the comfort of your office or home.


1.  Join the network - visit and select join the network.  Choose education topics and you will be kept informed about action related to our schools.

2. Follow Investinedny on Facebook. 

3. Call your state representatives and let them know your thoughts on the importance of iindependent and religious schools to the wellbeing of New York State.


The 36th Annual

Religious and Independent School Educators Conference 

will be November 9 & 10, 2020

Join your colleagues for presentations, meals, conversations, and networking all focused on the Independent and Religious School educator.

Please watch this site for program announcements, and updates.

We hope to see you there!

Request for Presenters for RISE 2020 is now OPEN!

Click the link to fill out the form

RISE 2019 Program

What is NYSCIRS?

The New York State Coalition for Independent and Religious Schools (NYSCIRS) serves nearly 1,800 religious and independent schools across New York State which educate nearly 400,000 school children and employ approximately 60,000 teachers, administrators and staff.   NYSCIRS seeks to promote and strengthen religious and independent schools in order to secure and enhance freedom of choice in education for New York’s citizens.  Through its interaction with state and federal elected officials and policy makers, represents the public policy interests of its member schools, students, parents, teachers and administrators.  NYSCIRS provides on-going professional development to its member administrators and teachers as well as introduces and helps to coordinate innovative programs and services to its member schools.  NYSCIRS is the state affiliate to the Council for American Private Education (CAPE).