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Friday, May 22, 2015

StudentsFirstNY Sad That Assembly Watered Down Some Cuomo Education Reforms

From Capitol Confidential:

The Assembly passed Wednesday an omnibus education reform package that addresses both the updated teacher evaluation system and the Common Core standards.

The bill, which was introduced earlier this month, is a wide-ranging one-house proposal that grants an extension to when schools must fully implement the new evaluation system, delinks funding from the full implementation of the standards and requires the state Education commissioner to review the Common Core standards, among other things.

It would provide $8.4 million worth of funding to the state Education Department.
The bill passed 135-1.

There's not much positive to the bill in actuality - a kangaroo panel at SED to review Common Core, a slight delay in evaluation implementation, more money provided to SED for testing - but still this bill passage made education reformers StudentsFirstNY sad:

StudentsFirstNY, a group that has supported Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s teacher evaluation and education policies, didn’t view passage in the same light Wednesday.
“It’s disheartening to learn that certain lawmakers who approved teacher assessment reforms during the budget process have flip-flopped after a special interest group complained about the agreement,” StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis said in a statement. ”If New York State is serious about improving education, it must move forward with a better teacher evaluation system.”

A special interest group complained?

The heavy hearts in the Assembly were reacting to the opt out surge by parents all across the state, not to complaints by NYSUT.

Some commenters at Capitol Confidential pounced on StudentsFirstNY:

“It’s disheartening to learn that certain lawmakers who approved teacher assessment reforms during the budget process have flip-flopped after a special interest group complained about the agreement,” StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis said in a statement.


“It’s disheartening to learn that certain lawmakers who approved teacher assessment reforms during the budget process have flip-flopped after a special interest group complained about the agreement,”Earth to Jenny Sedlis: Lawmakers are responding to the special interest group called “Taxpaying Parents of Abused Students” or TPAS for short….
Your organization is the Special Interest group, (The Executive Director title gives you away.) But, that’s what Republicans do best, renaming a hurtful policy with an Orwellian reverse speak… Student Advocate instead of test company-financed politicians, PeaceKeeper missiles instead of Weapons of Mass Destruction.. etc..


StudentsFirstNY Board of Directors: Mikael Andren, President, Jones Family Office ; Douglas J. Band , Counselor to President Clinton : David Boies , Chairman, Boies, Schiller, and Flexner LLP ; Tiffany Dufu , Chief Leadership Officer, Levo League ; Carl C. Icahn , Foundation for a Greater Opportunity ; Gail Golden Icahn , Foundation for a Greater Opportunity ; Paul Tudor Jones , Co-Chairman & Chief Investment Officer, Tudor Investment Corp. ; Peter Kiernan , Kiernan Ventures ; Joel I. Klein , CEO, Education Division, News Corporation ; Kenneth G. Langone , Chairman and CEO, Invemed Associates, LLC ; Daniel S. Loeb , CEO, Third Point, LLC ; Eva Moskowitz , Founder and CEO, Success Academy Charter Schools; Michelle Rhee , CEO and Founder, StudentsFirst ; Jabali Sawicki , Instructional Designer, Zearn ; Dan Senor , Author, Start-Up Nation; Senior Advisor, Elliott Management ; Michael Sullivan , Managing Director, SAC Capital. Special interest group, indeed!


To clarify, not just special interest groups complained. Many informed parents had their students (over 200,000) refuse / opt out of the test. In this bill the legislature is trying to represent their constituents, hopefully they will be able to come together on a bill and make it veto proof. This would allow parents and teachers to see the exam in their entirety (like regents exams) and review their students individual results. Hopefully the length of test will also begin to mirror the regents exams. An 11th grader spends 2-3 hours on the English regents, but those in grade 4-8 spend three days and multiple days of prep to evaluate the same subject.

Only in Education Reform World are over 200,000 parents a "special interest group" but a small coterie of education reformers funded by some of the wealthiest interests in the country a grassroots organization devoted to improving education.

Reminds me of when former NYSED Commissioner John King had his meltdown in Poughkeepsie and claimed parents complaining about Common Core and the state's Endless Testing regime were "special interests."


  1. It's disheartening that Jenny Sedlis doesn't get laid much. She's so backed up. It's a shame that her sexual frustration gets the best of her. Let your hair down Jenny and ride the pony.

  2. anon 7 40
    That is the greatest blog I have read ever!!! Its people like this jenny character that have spoiled New York and what NY actually stands for. This woman is probably some transplant from the south or west who moved here to NYC and now wants to play I am donald the advice is right on baby

  3. RBE, how can we get the message to Jenny that she should enjoy at least 2 nights of sex per week? Is there a way to get her the message?

  4. come on jenny get a real job instead of this in the line of fire for moskowitch crap. get yourself a real job that pays you some money for some integrity and not some bs crap that eva moskowitch tells you to say

  5. Poor Jenny???...a special interest group complaining about the agreement???

    Jenny Sedlis has been walking backwards...I guess that as long as the money keeps coming in, she is willing to play the part of the embarrassing mouthpiece.

    Poor, poor Jenny...

  6. There's no way Jenny Sedlis is married, correct? If so, her husband really has to step it up.

  7. The only way anything is ever going to change in this state is if we start defeating as many senators and Assembly members at the polls as we can. I do not expect to see NYSUT leading the charge. They are useless. What other organization can flush millions of dollars in political contributions down the drain with the efficiency of Andy Pallotta and NYSUT?

    I do not care who is running against my Assemblyman and Senator. I am voting for the challenger. Period. I wouldn't care if a trained dog was running. It has my vote.

    Only when we put the fear of defeat in their minds will this band of thieves ever do anything to our liking.

  8. Who can possibly think that it is appropriate to post crude sexual comments about an issue of major importance to public education, students, parents, and educators? Do these individuals write sexual comments if the subject of the original article is a man? Further, since Perdido Street is a blog that can be read by everyone, these idiotic remarks only serve to reinforce all of the negative narratives about educators. They are helping Students First!

  9. To anon: 9:07....