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  1. SFNY to DOE: Don't Force Principals to Hire Poor Performing Teachers

    StudentsFirstNY // March 20, 2014

    “You can’t take a stand on forced placement without addressing the ATR pool. If Chancellor Farina is genuinely against forced placement, then she should come out and promise not to force the 1,200 poorly-performing teachers back into classrooms,” said Jenny Sedlis, SFNY Executive Director. “We call on the Chancellor to make a simple pledge: no school will be forced to hire a teacher from the ATR pool against the wishes of its principal. If she’s not willing to make that pledge today, then this is all just empty rhetoric.”

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  2. StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis released the following statement today in response to the New Yorkers for Students' Educational Rights lawsuit

    StudentsFirstNY // February 11, 2014

    In the last three years, under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York State has taken concrete steps towards improving our education system. These efforts include putting in place a teacher evaluation system that makes accountability and performance a priority, as well as making the state a national leader in the adoption of higher learning standards.

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  3. StudentsFirstNY Executive Director, Jenny Sedlis, released the following statement today on the Supreme Court of New York's decision on the InBloom student data portal

    StudentsFirstNY // February 10, 2014

    In a major victory for the State Education Department, Judge Breslin of New York's Supreme Court ruled in favor of Commissioner John King and against anti-data activists on every single count, asserting that Commissioner King followed all applicable laws and instituted all of the necessary protections on student data.

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