Testimonies & Comments

CSM testimony on proposed cuts to schools budgets & the capital plan

May 25, 2022 Check out our  submitted budget testimony before the NYC Council Finance Committee for today. We urged the Chair Justin Brannan and other Council Members to prevent the Mayor’s proposed cuts to school budgets of $375 million, that are projected to lead to a loss of about 3200 teaching positions, which in turn […]

May 25, 2022 in Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Presentation on the proposed budget cuts to schools & their likely impact on class size

May 23, 2022 Below is the presentation I gave to the ECC on the proposed budget cuts to schools and the capital plan and their likely impact on class size and school overcrowding.  Because of the sharp decline in enrollment of the past two years, the DOE has a real opportunity to sustain the smaller […]

May 23, 2022 in Presentations, Uncategorized, Updates by

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DOE Hearings & suggested talking points on their 2022-2023 C4E plan

Because of our continued advocacy and the support of the Commissioner, the NY State Education Department is now requiring that NYC hold its CEC and Borough public hearings on their Contract for Excellence spending plan for next year in May and June of this year – rather than dragging these hearings into the fall and […]

May 23, 2022 in Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Resolution opposing budget cuts to schools and the capital plan & in support of dedicated funding for class size reduction

Please urge your Citywide or Community Education Council, Presidents Council, PTA or Community Board to pass this resolution and share it with the DOE and your Council Members. And if you pass it, please also send us a copy at info@classsizematters.org The Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Council passed a similar resolution that is posted here. Whereas: […]

April 27, 2022 in Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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DOE proposing to cut $1.1B & 11,000 new seats from the adopted capital plan

The presentation is also posted here. The DOE is proposing to cut $1.1 billion from new school construction in the capital plan, and to cut more than 6,000 seats from Queens and nearly that many from the Bronx.  The Panel for Educational Policy will vote on this plan on Wednesday night, April 27 at 6 […]

April 25, 2022 in Presentations, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Our testimony at today’s education budget hearings.

March 21, 2022 Our written testimony from today’s NYC Council education budget hearings is posted here and below.  See also our report released yesterday on the likely effects of the proposed budget cuts to schools and the capital plan by sharply increasing class size and school overcrowding.

March 21, 2022 in Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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New report shows significant & beneficial declines in citywide class sizes that will increase once again if Mayor’s budget cuts are made

March 20, 2022 Today Class Size Matters released a new class size report, entitled “What has happened to class size this year and what will happen to class size if the Mayor’s cuts are enacted?”  The report shows significant and highly beneficial decreases in average class size this year citywide due to enrollment decline, though […]

March 20, 2022 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Why Mayoral control needs to be amended

Check out my  testimony below and here, on why Mayoral control needs to be amended at the March 4 joint legislative hearings , which were the best in twenty years since this undemocratic and dysfunctional governance system was established. I explain why in my account of the proceedings; you can also  watch the video here.

March 11, 2022 in Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized by

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Support the bill that would make the Board of Regents the final arbiter of charter school approvals!

Below is the memo of support for S7666A and A8801 that we just sent the bill sponsors, Sen. Liu and AM Benedetto.   Organizations should send in their own memos of support for this important bill.

February 23, 2022 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Please urge your legislators to require NYC to lower class size via the state budget!

See the letter below, sent today to NY state legislators from Class Size Matters, the Alliance for Quality Education, the Education Law Center and NYC Kids PAC, urging them to require NYC to lower class size  in their one-house budgets, so that the additional state funding our schools are due to receive will be invested […]

February 14, 2022 in Campaigns, Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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