Testimonies & Comments

CSM testimony on proposed cuts to schools budgets & the capital plan

May 25, 2022 Check out our  submitted budget testimony before the NYC Council Finance Committee for today. We urged the Chair Justin Brannan and other Council Members to prevent the Mayor’s proposed cuts to school budgets of $375 million, that are projected to lead to a loss of about 3200 teaching positions, which in turn […]

May 25, 2022 in Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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DOE Hearings & suggested talking points on their 2022-2023 C4E plan

Because of our continued advocacy and the support of the Commissioner, the NY State Education Department is now requiring that NYC hold its CEC and Borough public hearings on their Contract for Excellence spending plan for next year in May and June of this year – rather than dragging these hearings into the fall and […]

May 23, 2022 in Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Resolution opposing budget cuts to schools and the capital plan & in support of dedicated funding for class size reduction

Please urge your Citywide or Community Education Council, Presidents Council, PTA or Community Board to pass this resolution and share it with the DOE and your Council Members. And if you pass it, please also send us a copy at info@classsizematters.org The Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Council passed a similar resolution that is posted here. Whereas: […]

April 27, 2022 in Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Our testimony at today’s education budget hearings.

March 21, 2022 Our written testimony from today’s NYC Council education budget hearings is posted here and below.  See also our report released yesterday on the likely effects of the proposed budget cuts to schools and the capital plan by sharply increasing class size and school overcrowding.

March 21, 2022 in Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Why Mayoral control needs to be amended

Check out my  testimony below and here, on why Mayoral control needs to be amended at the March 4 joint legislative hearings , which were the best in twenty years since this undemocratic and dysfunctional governance system was established. I explain why in my account of the proceedings; you can also  watch the video here.

March 11, 2022 in Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized by

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Please urge your legislators to require NYC to lower class size via the state budget!

See the letter below, sent today to NY state legislators from Class Size Matters, the Alliance for Quality Education, the Education Law Center and NYC Kids PAC, urging them to require NYC to lower class size  in their one-house budgets, so that the additional state funding our schools are due to receive will be invested […]

February 14, 2022 in Campaigns, Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Tomorrow is the deadline for comments on urging the Office of Civil Rights to collect data on class size

Feb. 10, 2022 Accurate data on class size is nearly impossible to find in many districts across the country.  The Office of Civil Rights of the US Dept. of Education is asking the public what additional data they should collect, with a deadline of tomorrow Friday Feb. 11 at 5 PM. If you’d like to […]

February 10, 2022 in Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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State budget testimony on class size and the broken Contracts for Excellence program

January 26, 2022 Today the state budget hearings are being held for education.  Below are the testimonies submitted by Class Size Matters and the Education Law Center, mostly focused on class size. Clearly the Contracts for Excellence process is broken, with non-compliance by DOE and lax enforcement by the State Education Department.  This probably needs […]

January 26, 2022 in Testimonies & Comments, Updates by

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Letter from CSM, Education Law Center & AQE to DOE & NYSED about their inadequate C4E plan

January 13, 2022 Check out the letter below from the Education Law Center, Alliance for Quality Education and Class Size Matters on the inadequate DOE proposed Contract for Excellence plan for the current school year, which is not aligned with the law,  as well as the faulty schedule of hearings and public comment which take […]

January 13, 2022 in Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Compelling testimony on the need to lower class size from Regent Cashin, Diane Ravitch, Elsie McCabe Thompson and others

Oct. 28, 2021 Much of the testimony yesterday at the City Council was compelling about the importance of lowering class size and the need to pass Intro 2374 for the sake of NYC students.  Class Size Matters testimony is here. Testimony of Michael Mulgrew, UFT President, is here. An article about these hearings is here.  […]

October 27, 2021 in Reports, Testimonies, Etc., Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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