Despite Difficult Session, Significant Progress for Students in 2015
"In a difficult legislative session, education has been a bright spot thanks to Governor Cuomo's leadership," said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis. "Today's deal allows for 50 new charters for New York City and gives Mayor de Blasio a year to restore parent confidence in his ability to run schools. The education tax credit would have provided parents quality options, and we're disappointed that an agreement couldn't be reached."Read more
Open Letter to Chancellor Fariña Details Parents’ Requests
(Crown Heights, Brooklyn) Parents of students from P.S. 289 George V. Brower School teamed with leading education reform organization StudentsFirstNY to release a letter to Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña calling for the Department of Education to step in and facilitate change at the Crown Heights elementary school.Read more
"Most teachers would do well on any evaluation system, but the union seems intent on watering down our new system to safeguard its lowest performing members, no matter the costs to students. Lowering the bar and adding emphasis on additional local tests helps no one but the union and its lowest performers," said Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.
Press Release: StudentsFirstNY Joins City Council Members to Announce Real Results Required By Local Law 36 (Avonte's Law)
Door alarms will be installed in school buildings citywide in 2015
Council Member Robert Cornegy, Jr., joined by dozens of parent members of StudentsFirstNY, announced the results of the Department of Education’s first annual report required by Avonte’s Law.Read more
"Today's report by the U.S. Census Bureau that New York spends more than any other state per student should serve as a wake up call. Money alone cannot solve the education crisis in New York State. We need fundamental reform. All options need to be on the table to improve schools so every child has access to the best teachers and every family has access to great school choices," said Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.Read more
"The Board of Regents made a strong choice in selecting MaryEllen Elia as New York State's next Education Commissioner. She is a nationally recognized leader in education, who has a record of accomplishment in helping boost the achievement for low-income children. As a former educator herself, she knows firsthand what it takes for schools to succeed. We believe MaryEllen Elia will lead the way to give all of New York's students the schools they deserve," said Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.Read more
Joint Statement: Promotion of PROSE Schools Exposes Hypocrisy Behind Mayor de Blasio's Opposition to Cap Lift
New York, NY – StudentsFirstNY and Families for Excellent Schools released this statement in response to Mayor de Blasio's comments opposing the lifting of charter cap:
StudentsFirstNY's Jenny Sedlis and Families for Excellent Schools' Jeremiah Kittredge:
"It's no surprise that hundreds of struggling schools are seeking the freedom of charter schools, only to have union regulations tie their hands. The small scale of Mayor de Blasio's PROSE program does nothing for the 50,000 on charter school waiting lists, ensuring that PROSE will ring hollow as long as the Mayor stands with his union allies in opposing a cap lift and depriving families of school choice."
Press Release: StudentsFirstNY Responds to State Assembly Legislation Delaying New Teacher Evaluations
"It's disheartening to learn that certain lawmakers who approved teacher assessment reforms during the budget process have flip-flopped after a special interest group complained about the agreement. If New York State is serious about improving education, it must move forward with a better teacher evaluation system," said Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.
Press Release: StudentsFirstNY's Response to New York State Education Department's Recommendations for Reforming Teacher Evaluations
"The State Education Department has offered a comprehensive and balanced proposal for a new teacher evaluation system. Instead of rhetoric and hyperbole this is an honest and thoughtful system that treats teachers as the professionals they are and gives students the world-class public education they deserve," said Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.Read more
Borough with Worst Ratio of Charter Schools Per Child Demands Greater School Choice
(Queens, New York) – Queens public school parents are joining together to call on the New York State Legislature to lift the cap on charter schools. The parents, volunteer members of StudentsFirstNY’s grassroots organizing effort, demanded greater school choice for Queens, the borough with the fewest charter schools per student.