StudentsFirstNY Statement on End of Legislative Session Agreement

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."

"Senate Majority Leader Flanagan has been a strong champion for school choice for all of New York's parents. Speaker Heastie should be commended for all his hard work in leading his conference." 
Overall, there have been significant wins for parents and students in 2015. Earlier this year, the Governor and legislature delivered:
  • The largest increase in education funding in the history of the state.
  • Reformed teacher tenure.
  • A streamlined process to dismiss persistently ineffective teachers.
  • More funding for charter schools.
  • Accountability for graduate schools of education.
  • Protection for students from ineffective teachers.
  • More reliable teacher evaluations.

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