StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis released the following statement today in response to the New Yorkers for Students' Educational Rights lawsuitStudentsFirstNY // February 11, 2014
“In the last three years, under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York State has taken concrete steps towards improving our education system. These efforts include putting in place a teacher evaluation system that makes accountability and performance a priority, as well as making the state a national leader in the adoption of higher learning standards. The Governor recognized that for years, the response to lagging performance results in New York’s schools had been more money from Albany – but throwing money at the problem is not a long-term or effective solution. New York remains one of the highest spenders per pupil, yet our school results rank in the middle in the nation. This lawsuit by New Yorkers for Students’ Educational Rights is based on a failed idea that has not delivered the better outcomes that our children deserve."