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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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Statement from StudentsFirstNY's Executive Director Jenny Sedlis on NY State Senate Elections

"New Yorkers defied expectations by rejecting a State Senate that would have turned its back on the needs of all public school students across the state. With the help of New Yorkers for a Balanced Albany, families who believe that every child deserves a great education regardless of their zip code stood up to the special interests to protect our most vulnerable children. We congratulate Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan for his impressive stewardship. We also had tremendous partners in the Real Estate Board of New York."

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StudentsFirstNY Statement on Quinnipiac Poll Showing New Yorkers' Disapproval of Mayor de Blasio's Education Policies

"Today's Quinnipiac poll reveals a majority of New Yorkers are dissatisfied with public schools and are supportive of charter schools. When 66% of Bronx residents would rather send their child to a charter school, the Mayor must finally start listening to the people and expand charter school options. Mayor de Blasio must also address parent dissatisfaction and work with urgency to improve traditional district schools," said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis. 
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StudentsFirstNY on Spectacular Success of NYC Charter Schools

"The real news from today is the spectacular success of New York City charter schools. The evidence is in that charter schools are the most effective urban school reform in the nation. Charter schools are serving high-risk populations incredibly effectively and it's time for Mayor de Blasio to embrace what actually works for low income students," said Jenny Sedlis, Executive Director of StudentsFirstNY.
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What works for NYC students

When schools in New York City consistently failed generations of students, the Bloomberg Administration and Chancellor Joel Klein phased them out and replaced them with smaller schools. 

Critics questioned whether the school closures benefited students. The evidence is now clearly in. 

A new report from The Research Alliance for NYC Schools shows the policy had significant benefit for students. The report analyzed academic outcomes of 20,600 students who attended one of 29 high schools closed between 2003 and 2009. 

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StudentsFirstNY Statement on Staffing Changes at Out of Time Schools

"A committee found 98 teachers unfit to teach and yet the City plans to assign those teachers to other classrooms next year. That passing of the lemons means several thousand students will be subjected to subpar teaching. This is yet another example of how City Hall's failure to negotiate a good contract with the teachers union means that children will suffer," said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.
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