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Press Release: StudentsFirstNY Parent Activists Rally In Support of Governor’s Education Reform Agenda

Parents Call on Legislature to Stand up for Students

New York, NY – As final negotiations wrap up on the state budget, public school parent activists and students today rallied outside Tweed Courthouse to urge legislators to pass the meaningful education reforms outlined in Governor Cuomo’s education Opportunity Agenda. Parents and students across New York, including grassroots activists organized by education reform advocacy organization StudentsFirstNY and Derrell Bradford, executive director of NYCAN, view Governor Cuomo’s reforms as critical to improving public school options.

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Press Release: Teachers' Union Generating Parent Confusion to Protect Own Interests

"Parents deserve unbiased, unfiltered information about policies affecting their children, so it's unfortunate that the teachers' union controls the messages that are sent through schools. Governor Cuomo's Opportunity Agenda will benefit children tremendously, but the union would rather generate confusion as a shield to protect its own interests. The Governor's policies would ensure we recruit and retain high performing teachers, that we don't give lifetime jobs to teachers who are not effective, that we can remove low performers from classrooms, and that the interests of students are put first."

-- Tenicka Boyd, StudentsFirstNY Director of Organizing


Parents, Clergy Members and Education Reform Leaders Rally for Opportunity in Albany

Parents know firsthand the impact a quality school and great teachers have on their child's future potential. On March 2nd, they traveled to Albany and joined clergy members and education reform advocates to ensure state leaders understood the importance. With just a few weeks before the state budget is due, and key proposals in Governor Cuomo's education Opportunity Agenda being considered, these parents made it clear that action is desperately needed to turnaround New York's failing schools and ensure every classroom is led by an effective teacher.
Learn more about the rally and then join these parents in speaking up #ForOpportunity at
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Press Release: Misleading Statements from de Blasio Administration Make Case for Cuomo Failing Schools Fixes

"We remain incredibly concerned about the children trapped in failing schools like Boys and Girls High School.  The de Blasio administration failed to mention the fact that enrollment has fallen radically from 809 in October to 557 in February - a precipitous 31% drop. The administration must answer where have those students gone, especially considering reports of counseling out last November. 

"The de Blasio administration is touting a longer day, despite the fact that their teachers union contract cut instructional time at all city schools. The administration is also highlighting that teachers must reapply for their jobs, without including the details of the secret MOA with the union that ensured decisions would be made by a UFT-selected panel.

"Parents deserve to see real progress, not disingenuous pronouncements.  That's why parents from communities like Bed-Stuy are supporting the education reforms in Governor Cuomo's Opportunity Agenda."

-- Jenny Sedlis, Executive Director, StudentsFirstNY

Press Release: StudentsFirstNY Analysis on Ineffective Teachers in High v. Low Poverty School Districts

Students In High Poverty Districts More Than Twice as Likely to be Taught by Non-Effective Teachers

New York, NY – StudentsFirstNY today issued a brief analysis comparing the difference in teacher effectiveness between New York City’s high poverty and low poverty districts following the State Education Department’s recent release of teacher
evaluation data.

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