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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’s Report Exposes College Readiness Crisis at NYC High Schools

City Hall Exploits Diploma Mills & Hides Behind Facade of Graduation Rates 

New York, NY – As the school year comes to a close, a shocking new report released today by leading education reform organization StudentsFirstNY, The Graduation Facade: How New York City’s Diploma Mills Mask College Readiness Crisis, exposes the problem of Diploma Mills – schools where the graduation rates are above average, but the students are not prepared for college or a career after high school. Earlier this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio hailed the fact that high school graduation rates ticked up two percentage points, but this data point obscures the fact that college readiness in NYC high schools lags far behind graduation rates.

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The Graduation Facade: How New York City’s Diploma Mills Mask College Readiness Crisis

At the start of 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio hailed a two-point increase in New York City’s high school graduation rate to approximately 70 percent. The Mayor said the City was on its way to achieving his goal of 80 percent graduation in the next ten years. The goal would be admirable if it weren’t being used as a façade to cover up a larger issue – the fact that college readiness in NYC high schools lags far behind graduation rates.

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Statement on Leadership Change at Boys and Girls High School

"What is happening at Boys and Girls High School is just unacceptable. Mayor de Blasio has so far shown that he lacks the leadership and vision to turn around this situation. For the sake of Bed-Stuy parents and students, Mayor de Blasio must hire a leader capable of making Boys and Girls High School a school worthy of this community," said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.

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Parents Demand Details from Mayor de Blasio

On June 14th, more than 500 parents and students gathered on the steps of City Hall to call on Mayor de Blasio to deliver details on how his administration is addressing teacher quality and the Absent Teacher Reserve pool. They also delivered the signatures of more than 7,500 New Yorkers who joined the campaign.

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Hundreds of Parents Rally for Answers on ATR Cover Up

New York, NY – More than 500 district school parents rallied outside City Hall today to demand answers from Mayor de Blasio about the Absent Teacher Reserve (ATR). In just two months, more than 7,500 parents have now signed on to the effort to get the de Blasio Administration to turn over basic information about where ineffective teachers from the ATR pool are being placed.

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