StudentsFirstNY and Assembly Member Marcos Crespo Host Panel: "Creating Great School Choices for All Kids"
(Albany, NY) At the 2017 NY State Association of Black & Puerto Rican Legislators' Annual Conference, StudentsFirstNY teamed up with Assembly Member Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx) to host a panel discussion on how to offer parents great school choices for their children, particularly those living in communities of color. The panel was moderated by NYCAN Executive Director Derrell Bradford and featured elected officials and a diverse panel of education advocates, including:
Assembly Member Marcos Crespo, D-Bronx (Co-Sponsor of Panel)
Senator Marisol Alcantara, D-Manhattan
Senator Kevin Parker, D-Brooklyn
Assembly Member Michaelle Solages, D-Long Island
Assembly Member Victor Pichardo, D-Bronx
Assembly Member Nick Perry, D-Brooklyn
Assembly Member Robert Rodriguez, D-East Harlem
Dr. Jere Hochman, Deputy Education Secretary to Governor Cuomo
Tenicka Boyd, Senior Director of Organizing for StudentsFirstNY
Charlie King, NYC Co-Chairman of Mercury Public Affairs
Au Hogan, Queens Parent and Grandparent and Associate Director of Life Camp
- Charlene Corbett, a community resource coordinator for community schools P.S. 335 and M.S. 584 in Brooklyn
To view the full the highlights of this robust discussion, click here.
New analysis by StudentsFirstNY has revealed eight community school districts where zero traditional middle schools meet basic standards. In all eight of these districts across NYC, not a single traditional middle school achieved the citywide middle school average proficiency in reading (37%) or math (32%) on the state tests. This means that nearly 73,000 NYC students living in these districts don’t have a quality middle school option.Read more
When schools in New York City consistently failed generations of students, the Bloomberg Administration and Chancellor Joel Klein phased them out and replaced them with smaller schools.
Critics questioned whether the school closures benefited students. The evidence is now clearly in.
A new report from The Research Alliance for NYC Schools shows the policy had significant benefit for students. The report analyzed academic outcomes of 20,600 students who attended one of 29 high schools closed between 2003 and 2009.
At the start of 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio hailed a two-point increase in New York City’s high school graduation rate to approximately 70 percent. The Mayor said the City was on its way to achieving his goal of 80 percent graduation in the next ten years. The goal would be admirable if it weren’t being used as a façade to cover up a larger issue – the fact that college readiness in NYC high schools lags far behind graduation rates.Read more
On June 14th, more than 500 parents and students gathered on the steps of City Hall to call on Mayor de Blasio to deliver details on how his administration is addressing teacher quality and the Absent Teacher Reserve pool. They also delivered the signatures of more than 7,500 New Yorkers who joined the campaign.
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.Read more
The following is testimony submitted by StudentsFirstNY Organizer Asia Thomas to the Joint Budget Hearing on Elementary & Secondary Education:
Good afternoon, Chairwoman Young, Chairman Farrell, Education Committee Chairs Marcellino and Nolan. Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Executive Budget proposal for state fiscal year (SFY) 2016-2017. I appreciate all the work that you and your colleagues do on behalf of New Yorkers.
I am submitting my testimony today because I want you to understand how the decisions you make in Albany impact real people in their everyday lives. The Governor has advanced sensible proposals in his Executive budget that would expand school choice for parents and students by guaranteeing that public charter schools in New York City have access to space and increased financial support. Some have come out to oppose the Governor’s proposals, but I will tell you that it is wrong to cheat public charter school kids out of the resources given to district school kids. All public schools deserve adequate space and equal funding. It’s time to stop treating charter schools inequitably.Read more
"The report released by the IBO implies that students left behind in failing schools as they phase out are harmed, but the findings contradict those of the Research Alliance which released a similar study in November using a more robust sample of schools (the IBO study looked at 6 schools while the Research Alliance analyzed results from 29 schools). Most notably, the IBO only looked at students who remained enrolled in schools while they phased out, not those who benefited from being able to attend new small schools. What's more important to consider is the effect of a closure on future students, which the Research Alliance did," said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.
I have the privilege of working with a terrific team at StudentsFirstNY, which includes more than a dozen dedicated organizers who work with thousands of parents across New York City. In advance of Thanksgiving tomorrow, I wanted to take a moment to share a couple of the people who I am #ThankfulFor this year. These folks have inspired me, and they make the work we do to advance a quality education for all students possible.Read more