Why the gifted exam should be cancelled now & forever & news of this week’s hearings

Jan. 22, 2021 Dear all – 1.Please read my piece published today at Gotham Gazette.  It explains why the DOE should cancel the “gifted” tests immediately; now and forever.  It makes no sense to continue this invalid, unreliable and biased exam, especially in the midst of a pandemic and the prospect of steep budget cuts […]

January 23, 2021 in Recent Newsletters, Uncategorized, Updates by

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5 myths of Mayoral control

Dec. 17, 2020 The NY State Assembly Education hearings on Mayoral control that were supposed to be held today were postponed last night because of snow. Given that the hearings were to be held remotely this is hard to understand. Perhaps the Assemblymembers wanted to have a snow day, which unfortunately, the Mayor is not […]

December 17, 2020 in Uncategorized by

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City Council candidate education briefing

On Dec. 9, 2020, Class Size Matter and NYC Kids PAC held an online briefing for City Council candidates and campaign staff.  About 85 or so candidates  participated.  The presentation, which covered a range of issues from the education budget, class size and school overcrowding, to charter schools, testing and Mayoral control, is available  below.  […]

December 13, 2020 in Presentations, Uncategorized by

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Questions raised as to whether NYC DOE is protecting student privacy

Nov. 11, 2020 Chalkbeat also reported on Sen. Hoylman’s letter today. NY State Senator Brad Hoylman sent a letter yesterday to the Chancellor, asking questions about whether the personal student data that is being collected and processed by the many online programs acquired by the DOE is sufficiently protected from breach or abuse. According to […]

November 11, 2020 in Uncategorized, Updates by

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CM Treyger urges the DOE to report class sizes on Nov. 15 as legally required, disaggregated this year according to the type of class

Oct. 28, 2020 Last week, Council Education Chair Mark Treyger wrote a letter to Chancellor Carranza urging him to report on school-specific and citywide class size averages as the law requires on Nov. 15, and also to disagreggate the data by type of instruction used: either in-person learning, remote classes for blended learning students, and […]

October 28, 2020 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Emergency press conference on Monday to fight $825 million cuts to schools

Please join us via Zoom on Monday, April 27 at 3 PM to fight the Mayor’s $825 million cuts to schools by cutting contracts and other unnecessary spending instead.  RSVP here or at http://tiny.cc/6pdrnz   [gview file=”https://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.96/3zn.338.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Cut-the-Contracts-Save-Our-Schools-with-RSVP-link.pdf”]

April 25, 2020 in Campaigns, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Take action now! urge NY legislators not to cut education funding for next year!

Please contact your legislators now, urging them NOT to cut education funding next year as Gov. Cuomo threatens to do,  by clicking here. Our full legislative agenda is below. [gview file=”https://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.96/3zn.338.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/CSM-Legislative-Agenda-final-4.pdf”]

March 30, 2020 in Campaigns, Letter Campaigns, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Please help stop looming budget cuts to schools!

March 29, 2020 Dear folks:  Hope you and your families are figuring out how to cope with all the new restrictions on life as we used to live it, as well as the new regime of remote learning – if that’s what your child’s school is trying to do. 1. Meanwhile, NY Governor Cuomo has […]

March 29, 2020 in Newsletters, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Some advice and guidance for the week ahead

March 22, 2020 Dear all: A lot of news to catch up on.  Tomorrow starts remote learning for NYC public school students.  If you don’t have an online device, the Chancellor said on Friday that you can pick up written packets of suggested homework at the 400 school sites distributing food.  [UPDATE: apparently these packets […]

March 23, 2020 in Newsletters, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Important update on just-announced NYC school closings and other important developments

March 15, 2020 After several weeks of resistance, Mayor de Blasio just announced that starting tomorrow, Monday March 16, NYC public schools will be closed, and will remain closed until at least April 20, to stem the rapid spread of coronavirus.  For the next week, schools will be open only as a place for parents […]

March 15, 2020 in Newsletters, Uncategorized, Updates by

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