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Working to give kids the education they deserve

StudentsFirstNY is New York's leading voice for students who depend on public education for the skills they need to succeed, but who are too often failed by a system that puts special interests, rather than the interests of children, first.

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StudentsFirstNY Statement: Mayor de Blasio's Renewal Announcement Too Little, Too Late

"Mayor de Blasio's expensive school turnaround model has failed miserably and kids have suffered. After four years, the Mayor is now shuffling students and teachers out of his failed program but he's doing nothing to create new opportunities for kids who need them. This is too little, too late. When Mayor Bloomberg closed schools, he opened new, better ones. Mayor de Blasio only learned half the lesson — he should be supporting the creation of new small schools and charters rather than doubling down on the failed and expensive renewal model. When only 21 out of 94 schools have made even modest progress in four years, Mayor de Blasio must admit the complete failure of his renewal program and pursue proven strategies," said Jenny Sedlis, Executive Director of StudentsFirstNY

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SFNY Statement: ATR Needs Expiration Date

"The City's experiment with force placing teachers has failed because it's just bad policy. Mayor de Blasio must put an expiration date on the ATR pool and help principals hire the best teachers, rather than force them to take the leftovers," said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.

 

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StudentsFirstNY Analyzes Buried Data on Teacher Evaluations

Leading education reform organization StudentsFirstNY issued a new report called Burying the Evidence that analyzes previously unreported findings from the 2015-2016 teacher evaluation ratings. In past years this data was widely released to the public, but this year, the State Education Department (SED) posted the ratings with little to no public engagement. 

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With ATR Deadline Looming, Pastors & Parents Demand Mayor Abandon Plans for Forced Placement

More than 200 public school parents joined with StudentsFirstNY and prominent clergy leaders today to demand that Mayor Bill de Blasio rethink his decision to force unwanted teachers into New York City schools. The call to action comes just days before de Blasio’s self-declared October 15deadline to place 400 teachers from the Absent Teacher Reserve into permanent positions.

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SFNY Analysis: Remediation Tax Costs High School Graduates $63 million

Mayor de Blasio Must Take Action to Boost College Readiness & Eliminate Hidden Tax on NYC Families

(New York, NY) – More than 200 students and parents joined leading education reform organization StudentsFirstNY on the steps of City Hall today to bring attention to a hidden tax that is costing New York City high school graduates an estimated $63 million annually. This “Remediation Tax” affects 21,000 New York City college students who have graduated from city high schools but are unprepared for college-level coursework. CUNY students are speaking out about how the Remediation Tax impacts their college experience and future opportunities.

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