Parents, teachers, and community members across New York City are working to give children the education they deserve with StudentsFirstNY. StudentsFirstNY currently has chapters in East Harlem, Crown Heights, East New York, Brownsville, and Bed-Stuy. According to Bed-Stuy Patch, the Bedford-Stuyvesant chapter meets every other week and is specifically working to raise awareness and boost the involvement among local parents.
Chandra Hayslett, director of communications at StudentsFirstNY, talked about the goals of the organization and its local chapters:
“We just want to make sure there’s a quality teacher in every classroom for students that don’t have them right now.”
StudentsFirstNY’s director of organizing, Tenicka Boyd, added that teachers and administrators should be open to performance evaluation in schools:
“Everyone should be held accountable, and no one in this system is above evaluation. We should be putting our best teachers, not our worst teachers in low-income communities... We should be giving more resources and not less resources.”
If you are a parent and would like to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.