Reports, Testimonies, Etc.

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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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

Update 3/1/2021: The SCA has now posted a document that attests to to show how many seats were lost in 2019-2020, but has provided no other information listed below that was required by law.  2/12/2020 Two bills were passed last year by the City Council, with the goal of helping to alleviate school overcrowding: Local […]

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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