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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.


Press Release: StudentsFirstNY Analysis on Ineffective Teachers in High v. Low Poverty School Districts

Students In High Poverty Districts More Than Twice as Likely to be Taught by Non-Effective Teachers

New York, NY – StudentsFirstNY today issued a brief analysis comparing the difference in teacher effectiveness between New York City’s high poverty and low poverty districts following the State Education Department’s recent release of teacher
evaluation data.

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New Data Show Teacher Evaluations Need Cuomo Fixes

Current Evals Bear Zero Resemblance to Student Learning    

"It's clear that special interests are hell bent on making sure parents and teachers don't have accurate information on teacher effectiveness. When teacher evaluations bear zero resemblance to student learning, which is the case in 4 out of the 5 big school districts, it makes a strong case for Governor Cuomo's improvements to the system. It is shocking that you can have a district like Syracuse with 97% of teachers rated effective or above when student proficiency is in the single digits. It's also shocking to see districts like Beacon, that gamed the evaluations so there's a swing from 24% of teachers effective to 100%. Governor Cuomo is right to design a statewide system that parents and educators can count on as fair and reliable."

-- Jenny Sedlis, Executive Director, StudentsFirstNY


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Press Release: StudentsFirstNY Launches Digital Campaign in Support of Governor Cuomo's Education Reform Agenda

New York, NY – StudentsFirstNY today released a web video in support of Governor Cuomo’s education Opportunity Agenda. The video is a part of the group’s grassroots and digital #ForOpportunity campaign to bring together parents advocating for fundamental reform to fix New York’s broken education system. 

The video features State Assemblyman Karim Camara, New York City Councilman Robert Cornegy, StudentsFirstNY parent advocates, and NYCAN Executive Director Derrell Bradford who spoke at a rally of 400 district public school parents in support of the Governor last week.

The video can viewed here:

StudentsFirstNY parent advocate Au Hogan said: “I support the Governor’s plan because he understands the same old status quo is failing too may kids. Our kids deserve a better chance.”

StudentsFirstNY parent advocate Anyta Brown said: “We must let Albany know that we are to be heard and we are a force to be reckoned with. So therefore, I say, what do we want? We want opportunity, and we want it now!”

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Parents Rally #ForOpportunity

Over the past several days, parents have been meeting with elected officials in Albany and across New York City, speaking out in support of Governor Cuomo's Opportunity Agenda to ensure every child has access to a quality education.

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Testimony of Au Hogan, Parent Advocate StudentsFirstNY

Testimony of AU Hogan Delivered on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at the Elementary & Secondary Education Budget Hearing

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