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Statement: The State of our City Depends on a Public Education System in Crisis

"While clearly not Mayor de Blasio's priority, the state of our city in 2015 and every year depends on a public education system that's currently in crisis. Rather than address the fundamental problems damaging our schools, the Mayor has lowered expectations, weakened accountability, and unsuccessfully attempted to restrict parent choice. We can only hope that this year the Mayor spends more time listening to the families he promised to serve than he does currying favor with his political allies."

-- Jenny Sedlis, StudentsFirstNY Executive Director

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Parents, Advocates Join StudentsFirstNY to Support Governor Cuomo’s Fundamental Reforms to New York's Education System

Albany, New York – StudentsFirstNY, a statewide education reform advocacy organization, today was joined by public school parents and advocates in testifying before a New York State Joint Committee on Education in support of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Opportunity Agenda.

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Press Release: Stewart-Cousins Should Represent Students' Interests

"There's a reason why the teachers' union has spent $60 million in Albany over the past five years: to get politicians like Andrea Stewart-Cousins to put their interests over the hundreds of thousands of kids victimized by a failing system. In Yonkers, 4 out of 5 students cannot read or do math on grade level -- they need a Senator, too. Governor Cuomo's plan will give our best teachers $20,000 bonuses, will cover tuition to get the best and brightest into our classrooms, and will increase funding for all children. Governor Cuomo is fighting for kids; Senator Stewart-Cousins should too."

-- Tenicka Boyd, public school parent and StudentsFirstNY Director of Organizing

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SFNY Memo: Gov. Cuomo's Promise to Put Students First

MEMORANDUM

TO:  All Interested Parties 

FROM:  Jenny Sedlis, Executive Director, StudentsFirstNY

DATE: January 21st, 2015

RE:  Governor Cuomo’s Promise to Put New York Students First in 2015

Governor Cuomo’s Opportunity Agenda outlines proposals that would dramatically improve student achievement across the state. Below we highlight some of the key levers put forward by the Governor in his State of the State Address.

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SFNY Statement: Governor Cuomo Offers Bold Plan to Turn Around Broken Education System

"The Governor's State of the State Address is a blueprint for turning around New York's broken education system. It takes an enormous amount of courage to stand up to entrenched special interests, but if we're going to improve schools we have to be willing to challenge the status quo with bold reform. Governor Cuomo clearly understands what's at stake and has been undaunted in advocating on behalf of New York students."

-- Jenny Sedlis, StudentsFirstNY Executive Director

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Press Release: Leading Statewide Education Reform Group Releases Ad Touting the Need for Fundamental Reform of Education System

New York, NY — StudentsFirstNY today released an ad addressing the dire need for fundamental reform of the education system. The ad will air on broadcast and cable in Albany and New York City in the lead up to and following the Governor's State of the State address.

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Press Release: StudentsFirstNY Lauds Governor Cuomo for Standing Up for Students

SED Letter Provides Useful Ideas for Improving Schools

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Press Release: SFNY Statement on Historic Teacher Evaluation Results

APPR results show that Governor Cuomo's evaluation system worked in New York City, but was undermined by low standards across the state. 
 
Albany must act to strengthen system; De Blasio must reward the best and improve the worst.


"New York City's results prove that Governor Cuomo's evaluation system measures teacher effectiveness when implemented in good faith — making it a critical tool to improve schools for kids.  Unfortunately, most districts and unions across the state set the bar so low that nearly 60% of teachers got the highest rating when only a third of students read and do math at grade level.  Albany must act to strengthen the system to live up to its promise, and Mayor de Blasio must develop a plan to reward our best teachers and improve the worst immediately."

-- Jenny Sedlis, StudentsFirstNY Executive Director

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Press Release: StudentsFirstNY Statement on Commissioner John King's New Appointment

John King is leaving behind an extraordinary legacy. John King showed that if you raise standards in a smart way, students will rise to the challenge. It's no wonder he's been tapped for a national post. New York's loss is the nation's gain. John King is one of the most respected educators in the country and will build on his New York successes.

         -- Jenny Sedlis, Executive Director, StudentsFirstNY

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Press Release: New Teacher Certification Exams Raise the Bar

New York has raised the bar for teachers. Those who attain certification under this more rigorous process are more likely to find a job, principals have a better pool of candidates to choose from, and students will be taught by better teachers. In addition, increased accountability for education schools will ensure that these institutions provide the best training possible for the next generation of teachers.

-- Jenny Sedlis, Executive Director, StudentsFirstNY

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