Reports & Memos

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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New! NYC Mayoral candidate positions on public education issues

Updated June 14, 2021. Below is our summary of the positions of the leading candidates for NYC Mayor on a range of critical education issues. For maximum readability, download it and read at 100% of its size. Please share with others!

June 12, 2021 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized by

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FAQ: Why NYC Schools should use infusion of new federal & state funds to lower class size next year

Check out the fact sheet here or below.  If you support smaller classes, please urge your CEC or community group to support this resolution.  Please also sign our petition here.

April 21, 2021 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized by

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Memo in opposition to raising the cap on charters or allowing “zombie” charters

UPDATE: 4/7/21 Thankfully, the completed state budget does NOT have any increase in the number of charter schools allowed under the cap; nor does it revive the “zombie” charters! April 5, 2021 I just heard from a connected source that raising the charter cap and/or reviving the “zombie” charters is still on the table in […]

April 5, 2021 in Reports & Memos, Updates by

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