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Parents Demand Answers from Mayor on ATR Cover-Up

District Parents Launch Campaign to Find Out Where Ineffective Teachers Are Being Placed

New York, NY — More than one hundred district school parents stood outside the Department of Education’s headquarters today to demand equity for their children – and full transparency from Mayor de Blasio. For five months, the de Blasio Administration has been stonewalling parent efforts to find out where ineffective teachers from the Absent Teacher Reserve (ATR) are being placed. The parents called on the Mayor to end this ATR Cover-Up and provide real answers to their requests for information.

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StudentsFirstNY's Statement on Budget Deal Supporting Parent Choice

"Governor Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Flanagan and Speaker Heastie should be congratulated for reaching a budget agreement that supports parental choice. Public charter schools are doing phenomenal work in the state's most underserved communities and the increased aid and rental assistance will help them continue to deliver for kids," said StudentsFirstNY's Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.
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StudentsFirstNY Sends Letter to State Education Commissioner Elia On The Recent Decision To Remove Nearly Half Of Schools From Failing Schools Transformation Program

March 17, 2016

Commissioner MaryEllen Elia
New York State Education Department
Education Building Room 111
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234

Dear Commissioner Elia:

 We are very concerned about the State Education Department’s (SED) recent action that removed about half of the schools -- 70 schools -- from the state’s failing schools transformation program. We believe this action violates the law, and if not immediately reversed we will explore all available remedies. 

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StudentsFirstNY's Statement on Department of Education's Absent Teacher Reserve Data Dump

This afternoon, the NYC DOE released selected information about the status of the Absent Teacher Reserve since Mayor de Blasio took office. In response, StudentsFirstNY's Executive Director Jenny Sedlis said:
"Today’s Friday afternoon data dump seems to confirm what we’ve long suspected – Mayor de Blasio's administration is hiding the fact that it is sending unfit teachers back into the classrooms of the city’s most vulnerable children. The de Blasio administration is one of the least transparent in history and its smoke and mirror tactics are harming children. If the administration actually cared about protecting students, they would release the real information about the ATR pool that parents deserve to know." 
StudentsFirstNY is a grassroots education advocacy organization dedicated to improving public schools throughout New York State.


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ICYMI: StudentsFirstNY and Assemblymember Michael Blake Convene Panel on How New York’s School System Can Best Serve Communities of Color

(Albany, NY) At the annual NYS Black & Puerto Rican Caucus Weekend, StudentsFirstNY teamed up with Assemblymember Michael Blake to host a panel discussion on how New York’s school system can best serve communities of color. Moderated by NYCAN Executive Director Derrell Bradford, the panel featured leaders in the education reform movement as well as public school parents from across the state.


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