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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StudentsFirstNY Statement on NYC Graduation Rate Release

"Graduating students should be proud of their hard work and public charter schools deserve special recognition for improving at a faster rate than the district. However, Mayor de Blasio should hold the self-congratulation because the achievement gap remains too large, college readiness rates are too low, and watered-down criteria may explain gains," 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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StudentsFirstNY Statement on Departure of Chancellor Fariña

“Chancellor Carmen Farina has dedicated her career to public service, and no one can question that she has fought tirelessly for what she believes in. However, after four years of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s control of public schools, far too many low-income students remain trapped in struggling schools. We hope that the next Chancellor will push the Mayor to embrace evidence-based policies and parental choice," said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.

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StudentsFirstNY Statement: Mayor de Blasio's Renewal Announcement Too Little, Too Late

"Mayor de Blasio's expensive school turnaround model has failed miserably and kids have suffered. After four years, the Mayor is now shuffling students and teachers out of his failed program but he's doing nothing to create new opportunities for kids who need them. This is too little, too late. When Mayor Bloomberg closed schools, he opened new, better ones. Mayor de Blasio only learned half the lesson — he should be supporting the creation of new small schools and charters rather than doubling down on the failed and expensive renewal model. When only 21 out of 94 schools have made even modest progress in four years, Mayor de Blasio must admit the complete failure of his renewal program and pursue proven strategies," said Jenny Sedlis, Executive Director of StudentsFirstNY

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SFNY Statement: ATR Needs Expiration Date

"The City's experiment with force placing teachers has failed because it's just bad policy. Mayor de Blasio must put an expiration date on the ATR pool and help principals hire the best teachers, rather than force them to take the leftovers," said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.

 

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StudentsFirstNY Analyzes Buried Data on Teacher Evaluations

Leading education reform organization StudentsFirstNY issued a new report called Burying the Evidence that analyzes previously unreported findings from the 2015-2016 teacher evaluation ratings. In past years this data was widely released to the public, but this year, the State Education Department (SED) posted the ratings with little to no public engagement. 

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