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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: StudentsFirstNY Responds to State Assembly Legislation Delaying New Teacher Evaluations

"It's disheartening to learn that certain lawmakers who approved teacher assessment reforms during the budget process have flip-flopped after a special interest group complained about the agreement. If New York State is serious about improving education, it must move forward with a better teacher evaluation system," said Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.

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Press Release: StudentsFirstNY's Response to New York State Education Department's Recommendations for Reforming Teacher Evaluations

"The State Education Department has offered a comprehensive and balanced proposal for a new teacher evaluation system. Instead of rhetoric and hyperbole this is an honest and thoughtful system that treats teachers as the professionals they are and gives students the world-class public education they deserve," said Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.

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Parents Speaks Out in Queens For Raising the Charter Cap

Today, Queens parents called on the State Legislature to raise the charter cap and provide better school options for their children. Read their statements below.

 

 

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Press Release: Queens Public School Parents Call On Legislature to Lift Charter Cap

Borough with Worst Ratio of Charter Schools Per Child Demands Greater School Choice

(Queens, New York) – Queens public school parents are joining together to call on the New York State Legislature to lift the cap on charter schools. The parents, volunteer members of StudentsFirstNY’s grassroots organizing effort, demanded greater school choice for Queens, the borough with the fewest charter schools per student.

 

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Statement on New Senate Majority Leader Flanagan

"StudentsFirstNY congratulates new Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan. Senator Flanagan is a committed champion for expanding school choice and access to great teachers, and we look forward to working with him on behalf of students and parents across the state," said Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.

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