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Public School Parent op-ed: The Failure of 'Renewal Schools'

By Aradany Vargas, a public school parent at P.S. 149 Sojourner Truth

My daughter is a third-grader in one of Mayor de Blasio’s so-called Renewal Schools in Harlem. When I first heard about the program, I was hopeful: P.S. 149 needed attention and change to become the kind of school I wanted for my daughter. But, as a parent, I have not seen much renewal.

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Parents and Advocates Tell Chancellor Carranza Status Quo Has Got to Go

(New York, NY) – Hundreds of public school parents joined education reform organization StudentsFirstNY and other advocates on the steps of City Hall today to urge new Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza to hit the reset button on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s failing education agenda. The parents want Carranza to deviate from the path laid out by former Chancellor Farina and Mayor de Blasio because it didn't produce results for their children. Taking Carranza at his word, the parents called on the Chancellor to “look under the hood,” saying they will support a bold new vision.

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StudentsFirstNY Statement on State Budget Agreement

"Thanks to the leadership of Governor Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Flanagan, Coalition Leader Klein and Speaker Heastie, New York's children are better off. New York invested in both district and charter schools in a manner that will significantly help to educate all public school children. Charters have been educating kids at 75 cents on the dollar with higher outcomes for far too long, and this year's budget increases will begin to address that gap," said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.
StudentsFirstNY is a grassroots education advocacy organization dedicated to improving public school options throughout New York State.

Raising Our Voices in Albany for Great Schools

In February, 200 public school parents from communities across New York City traveled to the State Capital in Albany for a special panel co-sponsored by State Senator Kevin Parker and StudentsFirstNY on the need for high-quality school options in our communities.

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StudentsFirstNY Statement on NYC Chancellor Selection

“We welcome Richard Carranza as NYC Schools Chancellor and hope he will show himself to be an independent leader who critically reviews Mayor de Blasio’s education policies and charts a new course. Carranza said he will ‘look under the hood’ and when he does, he’ll see that Mayor de Blasio’s inattention to K-12 school improvement and the achievement gap, his hostility to school choice and his failed turnaround programs mean that a change is needed,” said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.

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