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Send a letter to Congress about the need for funds to repair, modernize and build new schools!

Aug. 9, 2021 Dear all — 1.       At this point it is uncertain as to whether Congress will include funds for school construction, repair and upgrades in their infrastructure reconciliation package, even though the need for ventilation and social distancing in our classrooms is more critical than ever. The American Society of […]

August 10, 2021 in Newsletters, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Exciting news on new class size bill, list of schools in DOE “pilot” & make your voices heard next week!

July 29, 2021 7:04 PM Exciting news! This morning, the City Council announced a new bill that would require radically smaller class sizes starting in the fall of 2022, by amending the NYC administrative code to allow only one student per 35 square feet of classroom space, on health and safety grounds. This would only […]

July 31, 2021 in Newsletters, Updates by

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The city budget’s scant amount for a “pilot” for class size reduction

July 8, 2021 Instead of the $250 million the City Council proposed should be invested in lowering class size, Mayor de Blasio would agree to only $18 million, for a “pilot” project in a few schools. This despite the fact that there will be a crying need for smaller classes next year, both for social […]

July 21, 2021 in Newsletters, Updates by

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Problems with DOE’s proposed “plan” for Contract for Excellence funds and upcoming hearings

July 20, 2021 Late Friday, the DOE finally posted a schedule for Contract for Excellence (C4E) borough hearings, in response to a letter from Wendy Lecker of the Ed Law Center and I sent nearly a month ago, urging them to schedule timely hearings and to take public input seriously in their plan, as the […]

July 21, 2021 in Newsletters, Updates by

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City budget due next week- help us ensure that funding for smaller classes is included!

Friday June 25, 2021 Dear folks  — It’s down to the wire. The City Council negotiations with the Mayor over next year’s budget are in their final stages, as the budget is due next week. Reportedly, the Mayor is dragging his feet over the Council’s proposal to allocate $250M towards lowering class size. We have […]

June 27, 2021 in Newsletters by

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New class size video; take a look & then sign our petition!

June 20, 2021 On Friday, we released a new short video on why class size matters and why it must be reduced in NYC schools. The video includes the voices of parents, educators, and students, as well as historian Diane Ravitch, former District Superintendent Kathleen Cashin, and CM Danny Dromm, who is leading the charge […]

June 20, 2021 in News, Newsletters by

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Class size emerges as an issue in the Mayoral race, and more!

June 16, 2021 The state bill, S.6296/A. 7447 that would require NYC to update and implement a class size reduction plan did not pass this Legislature this session, despite garnering strong support. We  will work to make sure it passes next year. Thanks so much to all of you who made calls and sent emails; […]

June 16, 2021 in News, Newsletters by

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Pl help kids get smaller classes in last few days of the Legislative session!

June 8, 2021 I wanted to share with you my latest Gotham Gazette piece co-authored with Wendy Lecker of the Education Law Center about why this year, to do right by our kids, the Legislature must restart the clock on NYC’s obligation to lower class size by passing S.6296 and A. 7447. We have only […]

June 8, 2021 in News, Newsletters by

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Urgent! Please call our Legislative leaders today on the need for smaller classes!

June 4, 2021 Thanks so much if you contacted your legislators to support S.6296 and A. 7447, the bills that would require NYC to update and implement a five-year class size reduction plan. We have only a week before the Legislature ends for the year, so we are now switching gears and asking people to […]

June 4, 2021 in News, Newsletters by

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Important! Follow-up on class size and next steps

May 23, 2021 Thanks to all who participated in our Parent Action Conference yesterday, co-sponsored with NYC Kids PAC and Teens Take Charge. It was a terrific event. For those who couldn’t attend, a summary is posted here, along with a link to the Zoom recording. Our keynote speakers, Rep. Jamaal Bowman, Sen. Robert Jackson, […]

May 23, 2021 in News, Newsletters by

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