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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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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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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



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


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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