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StudentsFirstNY is New York's leading voice for students who depend on public education for the skills they need to succeed, but who are too often failed by a system that puts special interests, rather than the interests of children, first.

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StudentsFirstNY Citywide Poll Shows Voters Overwhelmingly Support Charter Schools


A newly released StudentsFirstNY poll conducted by Benenson Strategy Group of more than 1,500 likely Democratic primary voters in New York City found an overwhelming majority support public charter schools. Among the key findings were:

  • Primary voters overwhelmingly (80%) say that charter schools are mostly good for their students (84% of Black voters and 81% of Latino voters say charters in NYC are mostly good for their students.)
  • After hearing an explanation of the current cap on charter schools, 70% of voters say that we should allow new charter schools to open if parents want them (73% of Black primary voters and 75% of Latino primary voters say new charter schools should be allowed to open if parents want them.)

"In a survey of likely democratic primary voters, 84% of Black voters have a positive view of charters and a significant majority want to see mayoral candidates embrace charters in their education vision,” said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis. “We look forward to a new era in partnership with a mayor who will put the students of New York first."

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StudentsFirstNY Statement on Conviction of Derek Chauvin

"For almost a year, the community raised its voice to demand justice for George Floyd. Today, those calls were heeded. While no verdict will bring George Floyd back to his loved ones, we hope that this verdict brings some small solace to them and the country. As Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison stated, 'this verdict is about accountability, but justice is about restoration.' We stand in solidarity with the Floyd family, and the countless other families who have not known justice. We must continue to work toward a future where black lives truly matter, where we do not have to say any more names," said StudentsFirstNY Chief Advocacy Officer Crystal McQueen-Taylor.   


SFNY Statement on Passing of Former Mayor Dinkins

Statement from StudentsFirstNY's Executive Director Jenny Sedlis: 

Former Mayor David Dinkins, a trailblazer in New York City politics, sought to bring New Yorkers together during challenging times. His rise to power inspired many New Yorkers in low-income communities and in these divisive times, we could all learn a lot from his legacy to embrace the 'gorgeous mosaic' of New York City. Rest in power, Mr. Mayor. 



Statement on the Passing of Rep. John Lewis

Statement from StudentsFirstNY's Executive Director Jenny Sedlis: 

 “Representative John Lewis fought for justice and equality for all, often putting his own life on the line in service of his ideals. He was an extraordinary American, and though he will be sorely missed, his spirit will live on in those who will continue to fight for Black, Brown and otherwise marginalized lives for years to come. May his deeds and his example be a guiding light for all of us, and may his soul eternally Rest in Power.”

Resources for Families During COVID-19


StudentsFirstNY is working with our parent members and elected officials to ensure students’ and families’ needs are addressed in these unprecedented times.

Below are COVID-19 resources for New York families:

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