April 22, 2014

NYSUT's Magee hails NY's standing on best American high schools list

Source: NYSUT Media Relations

US News and World Report rankingsALBANY, N.Y. April 22, 2014 - New York Stated United Teachers President Karen E. Magee congratulated the students, parents and educators in the 268 New York high schools appearing in the U.S. News and World Report 2014 list of America's "Best High Schools."

Magee said the 268 New York high schools earning gold or silver medal status are representative of the excellence found throughout the state's public education system.

"While rankings are, of course, subjective and dependent on the criteria used, the U.S. News and World Report list demonstrates that excellence in our public education system is broad and deep. Great teaching and very high levels of student achievement are found not just in suburbia, but in public high schools in Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers, New York City and many other communities," Magee said. "And, in places where students and their high schools still have some distance to go before they reach gold or silver medal status, we should be looking at how the state can invest more, and do it more equitably, while also addressing the root cause of the achievement gap: the grinding poverty and its effects on student achievement and the graduation rate."

New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.

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