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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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StudentsFirstNY’s Report Exposes College Readiness Crisis at NYC High Schools

City Hall Exploits Diploma Mills & Hides Behind Facade of Graduation Rates 

New York, NY – As the school year comes to a close, a shocking new report released today by leading education reform organization StudentsFirstNY, The Graduation Facade: How New York City’s Diploma Mills Mask College Readiness Crisis, exposes the problem of Diploma Mills – schools where the graduation rates are above average, but the students are not prepared for college or a career after high school. Earlier this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio hailed the fact that high school graduation rates ticked up two percentage points, but this data point obscures the fact that college readiness in NYC high schools lags far behind graduation rates.

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Statement on Leadership Change at Boys and Girls High School

"What is happening at Boys and Girls High School is just unacceptable. Mayor de Blasio has so far shown that he lacks the leadership and vision to turn around this situation. For the sake of Bed-Stuy parents and students, Mayor de Blasio must hire a leader capable of making Boys and Girls High School a school worthy of this community," said StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis.

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Hundreds of Parents Rally for Answers on ATR Cover Up

New York, NY – More than 500 district school parents rallied outside City Hall today to demand answers from Mayor de Blasio about the Absent Teacher Reserve (ATR). In just two months, more than 7,500 parents have now signed on to the effort to get the de Blasio Administration to turn over basic information about where ineffective teachers from the ATR pool are being placed.

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