Today marks the tenth and final day of StudentsFirstNY's effort to stress the urgency of a deal on a new evaluation system for NYC public school teachers.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chandra M. Hayslett, Communications Director
With 1 Day Remaining, StudentsFirstNY Counts Down to Jan. 17 Teacher Evaluation Deadline
“10 Days of $300 Million” Campaign to Drive Home Cost of Inaction
Day #10: $300 million could pay for 5,861 guidance counselors
New York (Jan. 16, 2013) – Today marks the tenth and final day of StudentsFirstNY’s effort to stress the urgency of a deal on a new evaluation system for New York City public school teachers with a “10 Days of $300 Million” campaign to highlight the negative impact of losing these funds. With a meaningful evaluation system and crucial funding hanging in the balance, an agreement must be reached to avoid sacrificing both of these invaluable assets. As we’ve seen the last 9 days, the cost of inaction is more than just a number:
Fact #10: $300 million could pay for 5,861 guidance counselors
Fact #9: $300 million could pay for 50,000 Smart Boards equaling 29 for each of New York City’s 1,700 schools
Fact #8: $300 million could pay for the enrollment of an additional 28,487 kids in Head Start programs
Fact #7: $300 million could pay for 97.1 million school lunches or enough lunches to feed 539,374 NYC students for an entire school year
Fact #6: $300 million could pay for 937.5 million pencils, which equals 852 pencils for each of the 1.1 students in NYC
Fact #5: $300 million could pay for 911,854 iPad Minis—more than enough for every public middle and high school student in NYC
Fact #4: $300 million could pay for preschool for 81,400 four year olds – roughly three quarters of the four years living in NYC
Fact #3: $300 million could pay for 3.6 million new geometry textbooks
Fact #2: $300 million could pay for more than 7.1 million hours of teacher supervised after school and enrichment activities—roughly 6 and half hours for every student in the NYC school system
Fact #1: With $300 million the city could afford to hire 6,589 new teachers
The digital and social media effort features a new daily fact – highlighting what the New York City school system could do with the $300 million – for each of the remaining 2 days until the Jan. 17 deadline.
Formed in April 2012, StudentsFirstNY with more than 150,000 members, is New York State’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.