StudentsFirstNY Executive Director Jenny Sedlis released the following statement today in response to Rob Astorino’s irresponsible opt out decision:

“It is shockingly irresponsible that a candidate for statewide office would choose to opt out of higher standards for New York’s students.  Rob Astorino is shameless; either he doesn’t understand the importance of preparing kids to compete and succeed in the 21st century global economy, or he is purposely trying to stoke fear as a cheap political stunt.

Either way, we owe our children much more.  New York’s students deserve serious leaders who are willing to stand up for them and fight for higher standards. Thanks to Governor Cuomo and the State Senate leadership, New York’s students are on the path to getting the high quality public education they deserve.”