City budget hearings tomorrow & possible legislative breakthrough on class size!

May 24, 2022

1. Just a quick note to let you know that there are City Council public hearings tomorrow on the budget, starting at 10 AM. If you’d like to testify by zoom, you can sign up here. Written testimony can also be submitted for up to to 72 hours after these hearings are adjourned, which means some time on Friday.

Here is the presentation I gave yesterday on the negative impact of the cuts proposed to school budgets and the capital plan, which if implemented will likely lead to larger class sizes and worse school overcrowding — exactly the opposite of what NYC kids need .

2. Today in the NY Post, NY State Sen. John Liu, the powerful chair of the NYC Education Committee, was quoted as saying he supports reducing class size as part of amending Mayoral control. Keep your calls coming! Tell your Assemblymember and Senator that you need them to push for smaller class caps as part of the Mayoral control package of reforms, along the lines of S. 6296/A.7447, with strong accountability measures attached. The legislative session ends on June 2 – we have only a week to get this done!

Thanks Leonie

Leonie Haimson
Executive Director
Class Size Matters
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New York, NY 10011
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