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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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Parents Demand Accountability from Mayor de Blasio Outside Mayoral Control Hearing

Public school parents from across New York City gathered outside the New York Senate's second mayoral control hearing to send a clear message: Parents are dissatisfied with the quality of NYC public schools and they expect Mayor de Blasio to be held accountable.

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With NYC Public Schools in Crisis, Parents Demand Tough Questioning of de Blasio Administration

Parents to Mayor: Where is Urgency to Fix Our Schools?

New York, NY – Public school parents from across New York City gathered outside today's mayoral control hearing to send a clear message: parents are dissatisfied with the quality of NYC public schools and they expect Mayor de Blasio to be held accountable.

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StudentsFirstNY Response to Mayor de Blasio Skipping Mayoral Control Hearing

“Mayoral control was put in place to bring accountability to public education, not to allow City Hall to escape scrutiny. The mayor wants the authority without taking responsibility for his failed education record," said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.

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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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