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A quality public school is the best chance we have to give each child a shot at the American dream. Yet in New York State - particularly in our poorest communities - countless children are consigned to a life of limited outcomes that might have been different if public education had lived up to its promise.

The failures of public education in the Empire State are fairly straightforward:

The root cause behind these failures is politics: a political conversation dominated by adults, in which students don’t even have a seat at the table. The reality is, that while it’s nice when the interests of bureaucrats, politicians and unions align with the interests of children, very often they do not. And the kids almost always get the short end of the stick.

This dynamic can only begin to change if parents, students, educators and concerned New Yorkers band together to create an activist force that pushes the politicians and policymakers to do what’s right, not what’s easy. That’s why StudentsFirstNY was formed: to be a durable, lasting advoacy organization with no interests other than the students'. It's something that simply does not exist right now in New York.

To create lasting change, we are waging a multi-faceted, unending campaign that will fight day-in, day-out to change the fundamental policies and politics of education in New York.

We will change:

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