StudentsFirstNY:

Working to give kids the education they deserve

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 on the Passing of Rep. John Lewis

Statement from StudentsFirstNY's Executive Director Jenny Sedlis: 

 “Representative John Lewis fought for justice and equality for all, often putting his own life on the line in service of his ideals. He was an extraordinary American, and though he will be sorely missed, his spirit will live on in those who will continue to fight for Black, Brown and otherwise marginalized lives for years to come. May his deeds and his example be a guiding light for all of us, and may his soul eternally Rest in Power.”
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Resources for Families During COVID-19

 

StudentsFirstNY is working with our parent members and elected officials to ensure students’ and families’ needs are addressed in these unprecedented times.

Below are COVID-19 resources for New York families:

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Parents and Elected Leaders Engage in Important Discussion about District-Charter Collaboration

(Albany, NY) On February 15, 2020, nearly two hundred New York City parents and students traveled to the state capital in Albany to attend a special discussion about collaboration between district and charter schools. They heard from panel co-sponsor, Assembly Member Marcos Crespo and many other elected officials, as well as advocates and school leaders focused on sharing best practices and focusing on ALL kids, regardless of school type. This was the fifth consecutive year StudentsFirstNY hosted a panel discussion at the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus weekend.

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SFNY Statement on NYC's Neutral National Reading and Math Assessments

"New York City's education system received its report card today and the results must serve as a wake up call to all of us. New York City should be the model for the country, but under Mayor de Blasio's leadership, NYC schools are stuck in neutral. According to the gold standard of student performance, New York City scores essentially remained flat with a notable five-point drop in fourth-grade math scores from 2013. It's clear we need a mayor committed to proven reforms and evidence-based solutions, not a lame duck with dog-ate-my-homework excuses,” said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.

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StudentsFirstNY is a grassroots education advocacy organization dedicated to improving public school options throughout New York State

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Dozens of NYC Parents Rally to Protect Charter School Mailers, Saying Parents Want to be Informed About Options

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(New York, NY) Dozens of public charter school parents from across New York City rallied outside the NYC Department of Education in support of a longstanding City initiative that allows charter schools to mail flyers to prospective families. New York City has a model program where it protects parent privacy so that no school has access to parent contact information, but parents can still be informed about school options in their neighborhood.

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