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Videos of parents, teachers and students testifying 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 videos and links to written statements of some of these testimonies.  The full  unedited video of the hearings is here. […]

March 5, 2020 in Media, Testimonies & Comments, Updates, Videos by

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Testimony on the importance of lowering class size in NYC schools

A pdf of this testimony is posted here; a video of my abbreviated remarks is here. Leonie Haimson’s Testimony before the NYC Council Education Committee on the Need to Reduce Class Size in the NYC Public Schools Feb. 28, 2020 Thank you Chair Treyger for holding these important hearings today on a subject that is […]

March 5, 2020 in Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Memo on how DOE is violating two laws meant to ease school overcrowding

Two bills were passed last year by the City Council, with the goal of helping to alleviate school overcrowding: Local Law 167 which required the DOE to make more transparent its data sources and methodology for projecting the need for new school seats, and Local Law 168, which created a Task Force for School Siting to expedite […]

February 12, 2020 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized, Updates by

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DOE Charter Facility Spending, Overview and District-Specific Information

In October of 2019 Class Size Matters released a report on charter facility funding in New York City. This report reveals that the NYC DOE spent more than $377 million on charter school facility costs from FY 2014 to FY 2019. This includes matching funds for public school facility upgrade costs as well as rent […]

February 12, 2020 in Presentations, Uncategorized by

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FAQ for parents and teachers on Regents “exit exams” and why they should be eliminated

The Board of Regents and the New York State Education Department are re-examining the use of Regents “exit exams” as a requirement for high school graduation, and are holding a series of regional public sessions to gather input from parents, teachers and other stakeholders before making any changes to the current policy. These meetings will […]

February 5, 2020 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Fund Class Size Reduction Now!

You can download a PDF version here. What are we proposing? Class Size Matters is urging that the Mayor and NYC Council allocate $100 million to be allocated towards hiring teachers to lower class size, starting first in the early grades and in struggling schools. That amount could pay for the salaries of about 1,000 new […]

January 16, 2020 in Reports & Memos, Updates by

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School Siting Task Force report and spreadsheets

Jan. 6, 2020 The School Siting Task Force, created by Local Law 168, met only twice with no input from parent members appointed by the DOE or City Council members. It produced only a 1 1/2 page report, along with two spreadsheets, one a list of empty city-owned sites from the Department of Citywide Administrative […]

January 6, 2020 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized by

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Presentations on Class Size and School Overcrowding 2019-2020 School Year

Here are power point presentations explaining why class size is important, and with data showing citywide and district-specific class size trends since 2006. Class size in NYC schools including citywide trends and what should be done Here are  class size trends for every community school district over time, organized by borough and by the following […]

December 20, 2019 in Presentations, Updates by

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Testimony on mayoral control

The NY Assembly Education chair Michael Benedetto and other members of the Education committee held hearings today on Mayoral control which the Legislature renewed with minor changes last spring until June 2022. More on these hearings on the NYC public school parent blog here. My testimony is below; but in response to questions I also […]

December 16, 2019 in Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Foundation aid testimony

Dec. 3, 2019 My testimony to the NY Senate on the Foundation aid funding to schools in NYC and statewide is below. [gview file=”https://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.96/3zn.338.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Class-Size-Matters-testimony-on-foundation-aid-final-12.3.19.pdf”]

December 16, 2019 in Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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