Reports & Memos

We filed an appeal in our class size lawsuit to require NYC Department of Education to lower class size in all grades

On Thursday May 23, 2019 the Education Law Center filed an appeal on behalf of nine NYC parents, Class Size Matters and the Alliance for Quality Education, urging the Appellate court to order the Department of Education to reduce class size in all grades as the Contracts for Excellence law requires. Our original lawsuit, Agostini vs. Elia, was filed […]

May 29, 2019 in Reports & Memos, Updates by

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Education Council Consortium resolution urging City Council to fund class size reduction

List of PDFs of approved resolutions urging City Council to fund class sizes here: CEC 2 CEC 21 Education Council Consortium resolution urging City Council to fund class size reduction Approved May 10, 2019 Whereas in the landmark Campaign for Fiscal Equity case, the state’s highest court concluded that smaller classes were necessary for NYC […]

May 13, 2019 in Reports & Memos, Reports, Testimonies, Etc., Updates by

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NYC Should Fund Class Size Reduction Now!

PDF version here. NYC Should Fund Class Size Reduction Now!  Class Size Matters is proposing that the NYC Council allocate $200 million to be targeted to reducing class size, starting first in the early grades and in struggling schools. That amount would pay for the salaries of about 2,000 new teachers, which could reduce class […]

April 2, 2019 in Reports & Memos, Updates by

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Education Law Center memo on our class size lawsuit & need to restore C4E language into budget

A pdf you can download of this memo is here.   Agostini v Elia—The New York City C4E Class Size Case   In July 2017, nine parents from each borough of New York City filed a petition with the State Commissioner of Education (“Commissioner”) charging the City Department of Education (“DOE”) with failing to reduce […]

March 21, 2019 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Requiem for the Renewal schools: what went wrong?

This blog post was originally posted here. PDF version is available here.  Wednesday, February 27, 2019. Requiem for the Renewal schools: what went wrong? On February 26, 2019, the Mayor and the Chancellor Carranza announced an end to the Renewal program, which has cost the city $773 million since 2014. Since that time, of the 94 schools put on the list […]

February 28, 2019 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Citywide class size trends since 1998

Here is a summary of class size trends in NYC public schools, for all grade levels.  For district specific trends, please email us info@classsizematters.org In short, though the state’s highest court concluded in 2003 that smaller classes were needed for NYC students to receive their constitutional right to a sound basic education, class sizes are […]

February 27, 2019 in Presentations, Reports & Memos, Uncategorized, Updates by

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The Impact of PreK on School Overcrowding in NYC: Lack of Planning, Lack of Space,

Full report with citations posted here (pdf):The Impact of PreK on School Overcrowding in NYC: Lack of Planning, Lack of Space, Dec. 2018. A Daily News article about the report is here. Summary: New York City public schools are critically overcrowded. About 575,000 students, more than half of all students, attended schools that are at […]

December 18, 2018 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized by

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Appealing the DOE’s 2 Year Delay Responding to FOIL Requests

The Department of Education has delayed responding to several of my FOIL requests for years. Below is an appeal I filed to make the DOE follow the law and meet the request for information. [gview file=”https://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.96/3zn.338.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/DOE-FOIL-appeal-5.21.18-final.pdf”]

May 22, 2018 in Reports & Memos, Updates by

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Gender Bias in Selective High School Admissions

This blog post was first posted here. A PDF version is available. Thursday, March 15, 2018 New evidence of an extreme gender bias in selective high school admissions demands an independent evaluation of the exam Today, Ben Chapman of the NY Daily News wrote about the disproportionate number of girls rejected from the highly-selective Specialized high schools […]

March 19, 2018 in Reports & Memos, Updates by

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Online Learning: What Every Parent Should Know

Many of the software programs being used in schools have uncertain value, and can undermine student privacy, engagement and authentic learning.  I hope that this guide will help chip away at some of the massive hype that has surrounded the subject of so-called “personalized learning” in recent years. It offers questions parents should ask their […]

March 12, 2018 in Reports & Memos, Updates by

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