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why reduce class size especially now? UFT Queens parent presentation

On Saturday, 11/20/21,  I gave the following presentation to participants at the Queens parent conference on why we must reduce class size in NYC schools and how you can help.  Also downloadable at https://tinyurl.com/Queensclasssize. If you’d like to invite us  to your meeting, please email us at info@classsizematters.org.  thanks!

November 20, 2021 in Presentations, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Compelling testimony on the need to lower class size from Regent Cashin, Diane Ravitch, Elsie McCabe Thompson and others

Oct. 28, 2021 Much of the testimony yesterday at the City Council was compelling about the importance of lowering class size and the need to pass Intro 2374 for the sake of NYC students.  Class Size Matters testimony is here. Testimony of Michael Mulgrew, UFT President, is here. An article about these hearings is here.  […]

October 27, 2021 in Reports, Testimonies, Etc., Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Class Size Matters testimony in support of class size reduction bill Intro 2374

Oct. 27, 2021 Video of Leonie Haimson is above, testifying on behalf of Intro 2374 at the Oct. 26 NYC Council hearings. Class Size Matters written testimony is below.  The bill would effectively lower class size by enlarging the per student space required in classrooms.  The testimony and videos of some of the other witnesses […]

October 27, 2021 in Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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DOE Instructional footprints shrinking through time

The original 2007 DOE Instructional Footprint, used to guide space allocation and changes in school utilization including co-locations, assumed class sizes of twenty students per class in grades K-3, and 25  students in grades 4-5 in non-Title One schools.  (It did not say what class sizes were assumed for Title One schools). In 2009, however, […]

October 26, 2021 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized by

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Testimony on NYC’s refusal to use billions in additional federal and state funds to lower class size

On Oct. 5, 2021, the NY State Senate Standing Education Committee and the State Senate Standing Committee on NYC Education will hold joint hearings on the city’s use of the additional state and federal education funds at 250 Broadway downtown. More about these hearings here. A video of my oral testimony is posted above; the […]

October 19, 2021 in Reports, Testimonies, Etc., Testimonies & Comments by

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The Five Myths of Mayoral control: Testimony before the Assembly Education Committee

Testimony on Mayoral control before the Assembly Education Committee. Most large districts whose schools suffered under Mayoral control including Detroit, Newark, and now Chicago have gone back to elected school boards. Why shouldn’t NYC voters have the same rights?

October 13, 2021 in Testimonies & Comments, Updates by

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Letter to the NY State Education Department re NYC’s problematic C4E plan

The following letter was sent on July 29, 2021 to the NY State Education Commissioner Betty Rosa and the Regents Chancellor Lester Young concerning the many problems with NYC’s Contract for Excellence proposed plan.

October 3, 2021 in Reports & Memos by

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De Blasio’s education record: presentation at CUNY SLU forum

Sept. 30, 2021 I was asked to provide a brief summary of de Blasio’s educational record for a forum sponsored by CUNY’s School of Labor and Urban Studies today, with other presenters on other issues listed to the left. My presentation was limited to five minutes so I couldn’t present the entire power point,  and […]

September 30, 2021 in Presentations, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Class Size Matters testimony on DOE’s school reopening plan

Sept. 1, 2021 City Council hearings on DOE’s school reopening plan are being held today. Here and embedded below  is the testimony that Class Size Matters will give.

September 1, 2021 in Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Send in your comments today about DOE’s bogus Contracts for Excellence plan!

The DOE has proposed a Contracts for Excellence spending plan  that is completely inadequate to provide an equitable or adequate education to NYC kids — contrary to the intent of the law, which was passed to fulfill the goals of the CFE lawsuit. The DOE claims that the state has allocated no more funding to […]

August 24, 2021 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized, Updates by

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