Reports & Memos

Update: An FAQ on the Appellate Court & Supreme Court orders in the budget cuts lawsuit & what comes next

This is a fast moving story.  The fact sheet below has been updated since the Appellate Court gave the City an automatic stay late in the day on August 9.  Here is the attorney’s statement on the Appellate Court’s action. August 9, 2022 On Friday, August 5,  in Tucker vs the City of New York, […]

August 9, 2022 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Updated analysis: total Galaxy school cuts as of July 14 now at $1.42 billion

July 15, 2022 Yesterday, July 14, we again analyzed the total Galaxy school budgets via an automated mechanism, scraping the data posted on the DOE Galaxy look-up tool here .  Our new spreadsheet is here.  According to our analysis, the overall school cuts for FY 23 now total about $1.42 billion compared to FY 22; […]

July 15, 2022 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Galaxy budget cuts to schools at more than $1.7B as of June 13, far larger than reported

Total Galaxy cuts to schools as of June 13, 2022, sorted by Council district, added up to more than $1.7 billion – far more than the $215 million in Fair Student Funding that is widely reported. Though more funding will be added to schools after that date, it generally is limited and supposed to be […]

June 19, 2022 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized 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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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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DOE Instructional footprints shrinking through time

The original 2007 DOE Instructional Footprint, used to guide space allocation and changes in school utilization including co-locations, assumed class sizes of twenty students per class in grades K-3, and 25  students in grades 4-5 in non-Title One schools.  (It did not say what class sizes were assumed for Title One schools). In 2009, however, […]

October 26, 2021 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized by

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Letter to the NY State Education Department re NYC’s problematic C4E plan

The following letter was sent on July 29, 2021 to the NY State Education Commissioner Betty Rosa and the Regents Chancellor Lester Young concerning the many problems with NYC’s Contract for Excellence proposed plan.

October 3, 2021 in Reports & Memos by

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Send in your comments today about DOE’s bogus Contracts for Excellence plan!

The DOE has proposed a Contracts for Excellence spending plan  that is completely inadequate to provide an equitable or adequate education to NYC kids — contrary to the intent of the law, which was passed to fulfill the goals of the CFE lawsuit. The DOE claims that the state has allocated no more funding to […]

August 24, 2021 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized, Updates by

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School Leadership Teams: How to urge your principal to lower class size (in Eng & Spanish)

August 9, 2021 Below and attached are talking points in English and in Spanish on how parents and teachers directly or through your School Leadership Teams should urge your principal to use available funds to lower class size and to help ensure social distancing next year, for the sake of stronger academic support and health […]

August 9, 2021 in Reports & Memos, Updates by

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Letter to Chancellor to ensure there’s meaningful public input in spending of C4E state funds

See our letter written with the Education Law Center to the DOE Chancellor about the need to hold prompt hearings to gain input from parents and others on how the C4E funding will be spent next year.  This public input is legally required and is especially critical now, given that our schools are finally getting […]

June 24, 2021 in Reports & Memos, State Class Size Programs, Uncategorized, Updates by

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