Action Alerts | Letters | Press Releases

Dr. Betty Rosa for U.S. Secretary of Education

November 27, 2020 RE: Dr. Betty Rosa for U.S. Secretary of Education Dear President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris, We are New York State Allies For Public Education (NYSAPE), a NY education advocacy organization of over 60 grassroots organizations across NYS and the country. We write to give our strongest endorsement for the U.S. Secretary…

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Governor Cuomo: Do not allow the Gates Foundation to influence education policy in our state

Dear Parents, Educators & Community members, I hope this email finds you and your family doing well during these uncertain times. During Governor Cuomo’s press conference today, he announced working with Bill Gates and the Gates Foundation to guide NYS on ‘reimagining’ our schools. NYSAPE along with Class Size Matters and Parent Coalition for Student Privacy has sent this letter below…

2019 | Letters

Letter to the Board of Regents Re. Labeling Schools

January 14, 2019 Dear Honorable Board of Regents, We are writing to ask for clarity on the impact of opt outs on a school’s designation as a “Targeted Support and Improvement” (TSI) school and a “Comprehensive Support and Improvement” (CSI) school.  Our inquiry is premised on reports of schools and districts being notified that they may be…

2017 | Letters

How NYSED Should Count Opt-Outs in the New State Accountability System under ESSA

To: Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and the NY Board of RegentsFrom: Class Size Matters & NY State Allies for Public EducationDate: February 15, 2017  As of now, NYSED, when calculating a school’s academic achievement in its ESSA accountability system, appears intent on assigning a “0” or “1” in proficiency to every student who opts out of the state…

2016 | Letters

NYSAPE & Class Size Matters ESSA Reg Comments to NYSED

August 26, 2016 MaryEllen Elia, Commissioner of EducationNYS Education Department89 Washington AvenueAlbany, New York 12234  Dear Commissioner Elia, New York State Allies for Public Education is a coalition of more than fifty parent and educator organizations from throughout the state.  Class Size Matters is a parent advocacy group focused on reducing class size, increasing parental engagement and strengthening…

2016 | Letters

NYSAPE’s Public Comment to nysed on Emergency Action to Amend NEW Local Diploma Pathway for ​Students with Disabilities

Ms. Angelica Infante-Greene Deputy Commissioner for Instructional SupportNYS Department of Education89 Washington Avenue, 2M WestAlbany, NY 12234 August 22, 2016 Re:  Public Comment on Emergency Action to Amend Section 100.5 Regulations – New Local Diploma Pathway for Students with Disabilities Dear Ms. Infante-Greene, On behalf of NYS Allies for Public Education, I would like to commend the Board of Regents…

2016 | Letters

Mulgrew Response

Over the past few years, members of the opt out movement have become adept at distinguishing our allies from those who work against us, often behind the scenes. In light of your recent newsletter

2016 | Letters

NYSAPE’s Response to high achievement ny

February 12, 2016 Dear NYS Board of Regents & Commissioner of Education Elia: New York State Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE) is a parent-led grassroots coalition of over 50 parent and educator groups from every corner of our state. On January 15th, NYSAPE called on the NYS Board of Regents to postpone the election of a new…