Rally at City Hall in Support of Opting In To State Assessments
HIGH ACHIEVEMENT NEW YORK & STUDENTSFIRSTNY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 23, 2017
CONTACT: JOHN COLLINS, 212 681 1380
MICHAEL NITZKY, 212 257 4349
RADIO TESTIMONIAL: https://youtu.be/K__UujLh88w
(NEW YORK) – More than 100 parents from across New York City came together today to support a city and statewide campaign encouraging parents to have their children take state assessments, which begin next week.
New York City opt-in rates continue to lead the state with over 98 percent participation. At the same time, statewide opt-out rates have flat-lined over the past two years. This is in part in response to steps the New York State Department of Education and its Board of Regents have taken to improve the quality of the tests themselves as well as quality and timeliness of the information teachers, parents and students receive about student results. Taken together this has helped underscore the value of these critical assessments.
Today's rally is part of a statewide “Say Yes to the Test” effort that includes similar events in Buffalo, Rochester and Albany, a testimonial campaign from parents and leaders airing on Pandora and social media, and ongoing communication efforts.Read more
StudentsFirstNY and Assembly Member Marcos Crespo Host Panel: "Creating Great School Choices for All Kids"
(Albany, NY) At the 2017 NY State Association of Black & Puerto Rican Legislators' Annual Conference, StudentsFirstNY teamed up with Assembly Member Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx) to host a panel discussion on how to offer parents great school choices for their children, particularly those living in communities of color. The panel was moderated by NYCAN Executive Director Derrell Bradford and featured elected officials and a diverse panel of education advocates, including:
Assembly Member Marcos Crespo, D-Bronx (Co-Sponsor of Panel)
Senator Marisol Alcantara, D-Manhattan
Senator Kevin Parker, D-Brooklyn
Assembly Member Michaelle Solages, D-Long Island
Assembly Member Victor Pichardo, D-Bronx
Assembly Member Nick Perry, D-Brooklyn
Assembly Member Robert Rodriguez, D-East Harlem
Dr. Jere Hochman, Deputy Education Secretary to Governor Cuomo
Tenicka Boyd, Senior Director of Organizing for StudentsFirstNY
Charlie King, NYC Co-Chairman of Mercury Public Affairs
Au Hogan, Queens Parent and Grandparent and Associate Director of Life Camp
- Charlene Corbett, a community resource coordinator for community schools P.S. 335 and M.S. 584 in Brooklyn
To view the full the highlights of this robust discussion, click here.
"While students should be praised for higher graduation rates, today's release still highlights serious problems that cannot be ignored.
StudentsFirstNY is a grassroots education advocacy organization dedicated to improving public schools throughout New York State.
In Mayor de Blasio's state budget testimony today, he spoke against raising the regional cap on NYC charters and against fairly funding charters. Mayor de Blasio can't talk about fairly funding some schools and not all schools. The following quote can be attributed to StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis:
"Parents are tired of Mayor de Blasio's political opposition to charter schools. It's not good for kids and it's not helping solve the city's education crisis."