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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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Press Release: New Teacher Certification Exams Raise the Bar

New York has raised the bar for teachers. Those who attain certification under this more rigorous process are more likely to find a job, principals have a better pool of candidates to choose from, and students will be taught by better teachers. In addition, increased accountability for education schools will ensure that these institutions provide the best training possible for the next generation of teachers.

-- Jenny Sedlis, Executive Director, StudentsFirstNY

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Voters Chose a Balanced Albany That Will Put Students First

In Senate races all across the state, voters chose a balanced Albany and more importantly, they chose a State Senate that will put the interests of students ahead of the demands of the teachers' unions.

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Mayor de Blasio's Three-Year Delay Hurts Kids

Imposing a three-year moratorium on closures and adding social services to 5% of schools will not bring about the kind of scalable, system-wide changes parents and advocates are desperately hoping for.

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New Study Shows Bloomberg School Initiative Produced Stunning Results, StudentsFirstNY Says de Blasio Should Pay Attention

Mayor de Blasio has no plan for failing schools beyond being anti-Bloomberg. However, this study shows, yet again, that the Bloomberg administration put New York City schools on the right track.

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Chancellor Farina's Showcase Schools Set Low Bar for Achievement

Chancellor Farina's Showcase Schools program is yet another disappointment for struggling schools awaiting much-needed help. The minuscule scale of the initiative and the low bar for student achievement is an insult to kids whose futures hang in the balance.

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