Testimonies & Comments

Testimony on the dangers of DOE plans to expand online learning and ed tech

Sept. 20, 2023 See below; testimony here and below for today’s NYC Council hearings on the dangers to both privacy and the quality of education of DOE’s plans to expand the use of online learning. See also our presentation last night on the many ways DOE is putting student data privacy at risk and not […]

September 20, 2023 in Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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The many ways in which DOE is putting student privacy at risk

Sept. 19, 2023 Last night I gave this presentation to CEC 15, which passed a resolution on the need for DOE to better protect student privacy.  If your CEC or Presidents Council would like us to present to your group, or pass a similar resolution, let us know by emailing us at info@studentprivacymatters.org

September 20, 2023 in Presentations, Privacy, Updates by

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Our comments on the DOE’s class size reduction plan & their inadequate response

August 28 update:  The Daily News published an article about our letter and the fact that DOE omitted its only promise for the coming school year from its revised class size plan, and no longer promises that schools that complied with the class size caps in the law last year would receive support and funding […]

August 22, 2023 in Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Comments on class size paper by Matthew Chingos and Ariella Meltzer

August 3, 2023 Comments on paper by Matthew Chingos and Ariella Meltzer, “Class Size Reductions May Be Inequitably Distributed under a New Mandate in New York City” The primary claim made in this paper is that lowering class size would inequitably benefit white and Asian students rather than Black and Hispanic students, who tend to […]

August 14, 2023 in Testimonies & Comments, Updates by

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Comments on IBO brief on class size reduction costs

Articles about the IBO estimate were published in the Daily News and Gothamist. July 12, 2023 Comments on IBO brief on class size reduction costs: It is surprising that the IBO came out with a higher estimate of the staffing cost for the new class size reduction law than the city’s estimate– $1.6- $1.8 billion […]

July 12, 2023 in Testimonies & Comments, Updates by

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Presentation to the Capital Plan committee of the Class Size Working Group

Here is the presentation I gave on July 6, 2023, as a pdf and as a Powerpoint.   Also embedded below:

July 10, 2023 in Presentations by

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Analysis of NYC school budget cuts; updated

Updated 6.29.23 with new analysis excluding summer school cuts and D 75 schools While the DOE stated that no initial school budgets for next year would be cut compared to initial budgets this year, more than a third (33.8%) of NYC public schools show a cut in their total Galaxy budgets for next year as […]

June 23, 2023 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Initial school budgets for next year are $824 million less than their total budgets this year; check out your school’s budget here!

Though the DOE claims that there are no cuts to schools’ initial budgets for next year compared to their initial budgets this year, their total Galaxy budgets are $824 million less than they were at the end of this year, according to our analysis as of June 14th. Check out that link for a spreadsheet […]

June 16, 2023 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Check out how many school seats are being cut from your district here!

Check out the table below and here to see how many seats are being cut from your district, according to the DOE’s proposed capital budget, which slashes spending for new capacity by $2.3 billion and the number of new seats by 38%. If you school district is not mentioned, that’s because DOE is planning to […]

June 12, 2023 in Reports & Memos, Updates by

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The Mayor claims his budget contains no cuts to schools; but that is not true.

Our presentation at our annual Parent Action Conference on June 10, 2023. Here we explain why the fact that schools are not seeing initial budget cuts compared to last year doesn’t mean they are not facing serious cuts that may lead to the further loss of teachers and critical programs.

June 11, 2023 in Presentations, Uncategorized, Updates by

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