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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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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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NYC Charter Schools Continue to Soar on State Assessments

 

"New York City charter public schools are continuing to show us poverty is not destiny in the greatest city in the world. Charter public schools offer the promise of closing the achievement gap and today's results show they are delivering on that promise. It's been almost 20 years since New York passed it's charter law and these public schools are now out of the experimentation phase: not only should their lessons have more reach, but so should they," said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis

 


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StudentsFirstNY is a grassroots education advocacy organization dedicated to improving public school options throughout New York State.

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Statement on New Data Showing Mayor de Blasio's Absent Teacher Reserve Plan Will Harm Students

"Today's data show unequivocally that Mayor de Blasio will harm children if he follows through with his plan to force place unwanted teachers into classrooms. The data confirms parent concerns: a third of the ATRs have disciplinary issues, many are ineffective, and a jaw-dropping 25 percent haven't been able to get a job for at least six years. There is not one parent in New York City who would willingly accept one of these ATRs into their child's classroom. It is unconscionable to put the worst teachers into the classrooms of the neediest students," said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis. 

His administration's claim that this is not forced placement is dishonest -- just because these aren't seniority bumps, doesn't mean that it's not forced placement. 
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Mayor de Blasio Turns His Back on Low-Income Parents Protesting His Forced Placement of 400 Teachers

(Park Slope, NY) Public school parents from low-income communities across Brooklyn joined with StudentsFirstNY to rally outside the Prospect Park YMCA, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s favorite weekday hangout spot. The reason? They want Mayor de Blasio to reconsider his new plan to force place teachers from the Absent Teacher Reserve back into the classroom. But instead of engaging with these concerned parents (and voters), Mayor de Blasio turned his back on them and drove away.

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StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis Statement on Charter Deal Announcement

 

"Charters have been battling with the de Blasio administration for the last four years but thanks to Albany leaders, productive conversations led to an agreement that's good for all public school kids. Parents will have access to more school options and charter operators will get significant relief. Governor Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Flanagan, Leader Klein and Speaker Heastie deserve credit for their work on behalf of all students."

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