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StudentsFirstNY Statement on UFT's Endorsement of Mayor de Blasio

"It’s no surprise that the teachers union would pay back Mayor de Blasio’s steady stream of sweetheart deals with a political endorsement, but the sad reality is that no one in this equation is looking out for underserved students," said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.
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StudentsFirstNY is a grassroots education advocacy organization dedicated to improving public schools throughout New York State.

 

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StudentsFirstNY Statement on Mayor de Blasio State Budget Testimony

In Mayor de Blasio's state budget testimony today, he spoke against raising the regional cap on NYC charters and against fairly funding charters. Mayor de Blasio can't talk about fairly funding some schools and not all schools. The following quote can be attributed to StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis:

"Parents are tired of Mayor de Blasio's political opposition to charter schools. It's not good for kids and it's not helping solve the city's education crisis." 

 

 

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StudentsFirstNY Statement on the Lack of New Education Ideas in Mayor de Blasio's Preliminary Budget

"We're not seeing anything new in Mayor de Blasio's budget that will make a difference to children and families trapped in failing schools. His Renewal Schools program was an expensive flop and he has no new programs to improve teaching and learning, increase school choice, enhance college readiness or address the middle school crisis. If education were a priority for the Mayor, he'd do more than just pay lip service to the issues," said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.

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StudentsFirstNY Statement on Governor Cuomo's FY 2018 Executive Budget

“Governor Cuomo’s executive budget reaffirms his long held support for public schools and his belief in the critical role charter schools play in improving educational opportunities for the highest need students. The Governor is helping to create the conditions for further growth of high quality charter schools and is giving hope to thousands more children. We commend the Governor and strongly encourage the Senate and Assembly to work together to pass these critical proposals," said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.

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Parents & StudentsFirstNY Reveal 8 Worst NYC Districts for Middle Schools

73,000 Students Live in Districts Without a Single Quality Middle School

New York, NY – New analysis by StudentsFirstNY has revealed eight community school districts where zero traditional middle schools meet basic standards. This means that nearly 73,000 NYC families don’t have a quality middle school option. That’s why more than two hundred public school parents took to the steps of City Hall to demand immediate and bold action by Mayor de Blasio to end “Middle School Deserts” in New York City. 

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New Teacher Evaluation Deal Shows Mayor de Blasio Putting Re-election Before Kids

Statement from StudentsFirstNY's Executive Director Jenny Sedlis:

"Here's City Hall selling favors again -- apparently $350,000 buys you sweetheart deals in the de Blasio administration. Mayor de Blasio's scheme to rate every teacher effective may seal the union's endorsement but it won't help the kids who need better schools now. Mayor de Blasio should be fighting for kids, not the special interests who write him big checks."

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Statement from StudentsFirstNY's Executive Director Jenny Sedlis on NY State Senate Elections

"New Yorkers defied expectations by rejecting a State Senate that would have turned its back on the needs of all public school students across the state. With the help of New Yorkers for a Balanced Albany, families who believe that every child deserves a great education regardless of their zip code stood up to the special interests to protect our most vulnerable children. We congratulate Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan for his impressive stewardship. We also had tremendous partners in the Real Estate Board of New York."

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StudentsFirstNY Statement on Quinnipiac Poll Showing New Yorkers' Disapproval of Mayor de Blasio's Education Policies

"Today's Quinnipiac poll reveals a majority of New Yorkers are dissatisfied with public schools and are supportive of charter schools. When 66% of Bronx residents would rather send their child to a charter school, the Mayor must finally start listening to the people and expand charter school options. Mayor de Blasio must also address parent dissatisfaction and work with urgency to improve traditional district schools," said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis. 
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StudentsFirstNY on Spectacular Success of NYC Charter Schools

"The real news from today is the spectacular success of New York City charter schools. The evidence is in that charter schools are the most effective urban school reform in the nation. Charter schools are serving high-risk populations incredibly effectively and it's time for Mayor de Blasio to embrace what actually works for low income students," said Jenny Sedlis, Executive Director of StudentsFirstNY.
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StudentsFirstNY Statement on Staffing Changes at Out of Time Schools

"A committee found 98 teachers unfit to teach and yet the City plans to assign those teachers to other classrooms next year. That passing of the lemons means several thousand students will be subjected to subpar teaching. This is yet another example of how City Hall's failure to negotiate a good contract with the teachers union means that children will suffer," said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.
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