Reports, Testimonies, Etc.

Testimony on Impact of COVID-19 on Student Learning and Academic Achievement

A pdf of this testimony is posted here. Class Size Matters Testimony on Impact of COVID-19 on Student Learning and Academic Achievement January 20, 2021 Thank you for holding these oversight hearings today. My name is Leonie Haimson and I am the Executive Director of Class Size Matters. Recent articles in the NY Post [1], […]

January 20, 2021 in Reports, Testimonies, Etc., Testimonies & Comments, Updates by

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City Council candidate education briefing

On Dec. 9, 2020, Class Size Matter and NYC Kids PAC held an online briefing for City Council candidates and campaign staff.  About 85 or so candidates  participated.  The presentation, which covered a range of issues from the education budget, class size and school overcrowding, to charter schools, testing and Mayoral control, is available  below.  […]

December 13, 2020 in Presentations, Uncategorized by

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CM Treyger urges the DOE to report class sizes on Nov. 15 as legally required, disaggregated this year according to the type of class

Oct. 28, 2020 Last week, Council Education Chair Mark Treyger wrote a letter to Chancellor Carranza urging him to report on school-specific and citywide class size averages as the law requires on Nov. 15, and also to disagreggate the data by type of instruction used: either in-person learning, remote classes for blended learning students, and […]

October 28, 2020 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Testimony on Attendance Reporting Bills

October 16, 2020 The NYC Council Education and Health Committees held oversight hearings on October 16 on the reopening of schools, as well as two proposed bills to require detailed attendance reporting: Int. 2058 and Int. 2104. Below is my testimony on the issue of class size and how to sharpen these bills to require more precise and disaggregated reporting […]

October 19, 2020 in Testimonies & Comments, Updates by

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PEP Memo on DOE Contracts and Student Privacy (10.19.20)

I sent the below memo to the members of the Panel for Educational Policy last week; questions about their busing contracts, DOE’s lack of compliance with the state student privacy law by failing to post their district data privacy policy and contracts with vendors that have access to personal student data, and problems related to […]

October 19, 2020 in Privacy, Reports & Memos, Reports, Testimonies, Etc., Testimonies & Comments, Updates by

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Letter to regents regarding reopening schools

Below is a letter we sent last week from Class Size Matters and NYC Kids PAC to Chancellor Rosa, the Board of Regents and the NY State Education Commissioner, with copies to Chancellor Carranza and other education decision makers, highlighting some of the most important concerns and ideas offered by parents, teachers and others who […]

July 7, 2020 in Reports, Testimonies, Etc., Testimonies & Comments, Updates by

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Summary of our June 20 conference, with ideas from parents, educators and others on the reopening of schools

The following PowerPoint is a summary of concerns and ideas offered by parents, teachers and others who contributed to our online survey and our June 20 conference on the reopening of schools.

July 7, 2020 in Reports & Memos, Reports, Testimonies, Etc., Updates by

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Testimony on education budget and capital plan

The following is my written testimony on the education budget and five-year capital plan, detailing the additional staffing and space that will be needed for schools to reopen safely next year. Smaller class sizes are always of concern, but are especially critical now given the need for social distancing in light of the COVID-19 crisis. […]

May 28, 2020 in Testimonies & Comments, Updates by

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Testimonies from parents, teachers, and students about the importance of reducing class size

On Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, parents, students, educators and advocates testified on the importance of reducing class size at City Hall hearings of the NYC Education Committee, chaired by Council Member Mark Treyger. Below are links to written statements of some of these testimonies. Video testimony can be found here. Regent Kathy Cashin testifies how when she was […]

May 20, 2020 in Testimonies & Comments by

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Why schools should not be reopened next year without reducing class size

The need to reduce class size next fall to improve health and safety and strengthen academic and emotional support and how this could be achieved through budget savings Download the PDF version here. Shorter version in the Gotham Gazette, “To Reopen Schools, The Mayor Needs Smaller Classes — Here’s $570 Million in Potential Department of […]

May 14, 2020 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized, Updates by

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