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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: SFNY Statement on Historic Teacher Evaluation Results

APPR results show that Governor Cuomo's evaluation system worked in New York City, but was undermined by low standards across the state. 
 
Albany must act to strengthen system; De Blasio must reward the best and improve the worst.


New York City's results prove that Governor Cuomo's evaluation system measures teacher effectiveness when implemented in good faith — making it a critical tool to improve schools for kids.  Unfortunately, most districts and unions across the state set the bar so low that nearly 60% of teachers got the highest rating when only a third of students read and do math at grade level.  Albany must act to strengthen the system to live up to its promise, and Mayor de Blasio must develop a plan to reward our best teachers and improve the worst immediately.

-- Jenny Sedlis, StudentsFirstNY Executive Director

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Press Release: StudentsFirstNY Statement on Commissioner John King's New Appointment

John King is leaving behind an extraordinary legacy. John King showed that if you raise standards in a smart way, students will rise to the challenge. It's no wonder he's been tapped for a national post. New York's loss is the nation's gain. John King is one of the most respected educators in the country and will build on his New York successes.

         -- Jenny Sedlis, Executive Director, StudentsFirstNY

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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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