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Astorino Takes Brazen, Cynical Pandering to a New Low

Rob Astorino’s attempt to exploit confusion about the Common Core by creating a “Stop Common Core” ballot line takes brazen, cynical pandering to a new low. New York students deserve leaders who will stand up for academic rigor and high standards in public education.

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Obama and Duncan Push for Equitable Distribution of Great Teachers An Important Step Toward Closing the Achievement Gap

President Obama and Secretary Duncan took an important step towards closing the achievement gap today by calling on states to closely examine whether great teachers are fairly distributed.

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StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis: PROSE School Announcement Fails to Address Core Issues

"Based on the vague talking points given for 3 out of 107 proposals, it does not appear that this program addresses core issues that are preventing schools from being as good as they can be. Schools still can't exit low performing teachers or attract and retain the best ones through innovative compensation models. 
 
"The lack of detail makes us wonder if this is just meant to distract us from the fact that the teachers' contract puts too many restrictions on how schools are run.  New Yorkers deserves greater details on all 107 proposals and how success will be measured across the 62 approved PROSE schools."
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Charter Bill Signed by Mayor de Blasio is "Political Theater"

StudentsFirstNY believes in transparency and accountability for all public schools, which is why we have supported making this data public -- as it has been for some time. This legislation does not share any data that hasn't already been made publicly available -- it's just political theater for politicians looking to pander to powerful special interests. Empty political stunts are bad enough, but this bill sets up a dangerous dynamic by pitting parents against one another and diverting attention from the real problems facing public schools.

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Albany Deal Keeps Evals in Place, but Safety Net Is Wrong-Headed

The end to this legislative session has once again shown us that the teachers union will protect ineffective teachers even if it means harming the education of our children. Despite their efforts to gum up the works, higher standards, rigorous state tests and a teacher evaluation system remain in place in New York State. 

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Public School Parents Rally for Audible Alarms Bill

StudentsFirstNY parent members rallied today on the steps of City Hall on behalf of legislation that would require audible alarms on all public school exit doors. 

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Celebrating a Historic Student Victory in Vergara v. California

Today’s courageous and historic decision is a major victory for public school students everywhere. It pushes the reset button on a twisted reality that protected adults at the expense of kids.

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De Blasio's Teachers Contract Doesn't Make the Grade: Read the Report Card

Now that the details are out on the new teachers contract, take a closer look at whether the contract substance matches Mayor de Blasio’s flowery rhetoric.

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De Blasio Rhetoric Doesn't Match Teachers' Contract Reality

In the days following the announcement of a new teachers’ contract Mayor de Blasio hid behind flowery rhetoric. Now that we’ve seen the fine print we know that his contract is really a sweetheart deal for the UFT that comes at the expense of New York City schoolchildren. Below are some critical ways in which the teacher contract reality failed to live up to de Blasio’s lofty rhetoric.

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Mayor de Blasio Disappoints

The following op-ed was published in the New York Post on May 9, 2014.

The mayor got his press conference, the union chief got his revenge — and the city’s schoolchildren got nothing.

Last week’s press conference celebrating the new teachers’ contract was full of smiles and hugs — but very few details. Now we’re getting them, and now we know: The contract is a sweetheart deal for the United Federation of Teachers.

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