Pl take our class size survey today as NYC DOE releases inaccurate data three months late

By law, the DOE is supposed to report on class sizes twice a year, the first time on Nov. 15 and then again on Feb. 15.  We had heard from parents of egregiously large classes sizes this fall for many students engaged in remote learning of sixty students or even more, either full-time or part-time. […]

March 4, 2021 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Testimony on Impact of COVID-19 on Student Learning and Academic Achievement

A pdf of this testimony is posted here. Class Size Matters Testimony on Impact of COVID-19 on Student Learning and Academic Achievement January 20, 2021 Thank you for holding these oversight hearings today. My name is Leonie Haimson and I am the Executive Director of Class Size Matters. Recent articles in the NY Post [1], […]

January 20, 2021 in Reports, Testimonies, Etc., Testimonies & Comments, Updates by

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Please give so we can continue our work for smaller classes & student privacy in 2021

Dec. 28, 2020 Dear Friends — 2020 was a difficult year for Class Size Matters as it was for many non-profits. If you support our mission of smaller classes, so that all students no matter what their background can receive the help and feedback from teachers they need for an equitable opportunity to learn, please […]

December 28, 2020 in News, Newsletters, Updates by

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News update on Mayoral control, school planning for next year, and please give!

December 13, 2020 Dear Friends, 1 – It’s that time of year; please give to Class Size Matters, we need financial support especially as we could not hold our annual Skinny award fundraiser last spring because of COVID. We rely on donations from our supporters; please do so by clicking here. Also, if you’re buying gifts on […]

December 13, 2020 in News, Newsletters, Updates by

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Deadlines for in-person schooling, class size reporting, and questions about DOE’s protection of student data

November 12, 2020 Dear Friends, 1/ Today, Thursday Nov. 12 at 6:30 PM, I’ll be speaking at an online forum hosted by Brooklyn for Peace about how the COVID-19 pandemic has widened the inequities that already exist within our public school system. You can find more information about this forum and sign up to attend here. 2/ The […]

November 13, 2020 in Newsletters, Recent Newsletters, Updates by

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Testimony on Attendance Reporting Bills

October 16, 2020 The NYC Council Education and Health Committees held oversight hearings on October 16 on the reopening of schools, as well as two proposed bills to require detailed attendance reporting: Int. 2058 and Int. 2104. Below is my testimony on the issue of class size and how to sharpen these bills to require more precise and disaggregated reporting […]

October 19, 2020 in Testimonies & Comments, Updates by

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PEP Memo on DOE Contracts and Student Privacy (10.19.20)

I sent the below memo to the members of the Panel for Educational Policy last week; questions about their busing contracts, DOE’s lack of compliance with the state student privacy law by failing to post their district data privacy policy and contracts with vendors that have access to personal student data, and problems related to […]

October 19, 2020 in Privacy, Reports & Memos, Reports, Testimonies, Etc., Testimonies & Comments, Updates by

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Important news update; schools will close tomorrow in 9 NYC zip codes and more

October 5, 2020 Dear Friends, Yesterday the Mayor announced that all school buildings will be closed on Wed. in 9 neighborhoods in Queens and Brooklyn where the infection positivity rates have been over 3% for at least seven days; today the Governor moved that date forward, saying these schools will be closed starting tomorrow Tuesday. The zip codes […]

October 6, 2020 in Newsletters, Recent Newsletters, Updates by

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Yet another last minute DOE revision of their school reopening plan & even more crowded classes & less live teaching for NYC kids

Sept. 17, 2020 This morning, the Mayor announced that in-person schooling for those students opting into blended learning would be delayed once again. The new schedule is below: Kids in 3K, preK and District 75 ONLY will return to school on Monday. Kids in K-5, K-8 schools will return on Sept 29. Kids in middle […]

September 17, 2020 in Newsletters, Updates by

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