Reports & Memos

UPDATE: Trends in average NYC public school class size 2007-2022

Updated 11/18/2022. See our press release about the new class size data, which has sparked concerns among electeds, parents, teachers that the DOE is not prepared to comply with the new state law, and urging the Chancellor to form a task force as soon as possible to help develop the class size reduction plan. 

November 16, 2022 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized, Updates by

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FAQ on the state’s new class size law

You can download this fact sheet as a pdf here. Updated Nov. 1, 2022 FAQ on the state’s new class size law for NYC On June 2, 2022 the Legislature overwhelming passed  S9460/ A10498  by a vote of 59-4 in the Senate and 147-2 in the Assembly.  The bill required that NYC implement a five-year […]

September 28, 2022 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Our Opportunity to Learn index: an alternative school accountability system

Former principal Shane Safir has a piece in Education Week arguing against the over reliance on standardized test scores to judge schools. Instead she argues that “We need to shift our focus from so-called “achievement gaps” to opportunity gaps by collecting qualitative information that is close to the learner.” In 2017, when NY State was […]

September 24, 2022 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized by

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Gov. Hochul signing statement of class size bill

September 8, 2022 On June 2, 2022 the Legislature overwhelming passed S9460/ A10498 by a vote of 59-4 in the Senate and 147-2 in the Assembly. The bill requires that NYC implement a five-year class size reduction plan, to be phased in over five years, beginning in the fall of 2022. On Sept. 8, 2022, […]

September 19, 2022 in Reports & Memos by

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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 legal documents in the lawsuit vs school budget cuts: Tucker et. al. vs the City of NY

On July 18, 2022,  four parents and teachers filed a lawsuit in the Manhattan Supreme Court on July 18, 2022 to block the Mayor’s budget cuts to schools in the case Tucker et. al. vs the City of NY.  Subsequently, the New York City Civil Liberties Union filed an amicus brief in the case. The […]

July 18, 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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