Testimonies & Comments

Class Size Matters & Shino Tanikawa Testimony on the FY 2022 budget: In Support of $250 million to lower class size

Below and here is our May 25, 2021  testimony before the NYC Council Finance Committee on the FY 2021 budget, in support of a separate allocation of $250 million for class size reduction. Below that is the testimony of Shino Tanikawa, co-chair of the Education Council Consortium, which represents the members of the parent-led Citywide […]

May 31, 2021 in Testimonies & Comments, Updates by

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Results from Parent Action Conference 2021: How do parents, educators & students want $8B in additional funds to be spent?

On Sat. May 22, 2021, we had a great Parent Action Conference, co-sponsored with NYC Kids PAC and Teens Take Charge, to brainstorm on how parents, educators and students would like the $8B in additional federal and state funds should be spent to meet our students’ needs.  Thanks to all her participated! Our terrific keynote […]

May 22, 2021 in Presentations, Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Resolutions and memos of support for class size reduction, starting in Fall 2021

This resolution is also posted as a pdf here.  The Chancellors Parent Advisory Council  has passed a similar one, as has Community Board 2 in Manhattan, CB12 in Manhattan, CEC 2, CEC 8, CEC 15, CEC 27 and the Education Council Consortium. Here’s are memos of support for the state legislation S.6296/A7447  submitted by the […]

April 21, 2021 in Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Testimony on need for federal funds to be used for smaller classes next year, for safety and for enhanced academic and social support

City Council Education budget hearings were held yesterday.  See our testimony below, advocating for a billion dollars of the federal funds NYC will receive of the $2.5 billion be used for smaller classes below for the sake of health, safety and to address the damage done by more than a year of remote learning.

March 24, 2021 in Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Testimony on Impact of COVID-19 on Student Learning and Academic Achievement

A pdf of this testimony is posted here. Class Size Matters Testimony on Impact of COVID-19 on Student Learning and Academic Achievement January 20, 2021 Thank you for holding these oversight hearings today. My name is Leonie Haimson and I am the Executive Director of Class Size Matters. Recent articles in the NY Post [1], […]

January 20, 2021 in Reports, Testimonies, Etc., Testimonies & Comments, Updates by

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5 myths of Mayoral control

Dec. 17, 2020 The NY State Assembly Education hearings on Mayoral control that were supposed to be held today were postponed last night because of snow. Given that the hearings were to be held remotely this is hard to understand. Perhaps the Assemblymembers wanted to have a snow day, which unfortunately, the Mayor is not […]

December 17, 2020 in Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized by

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Testimony on Attendance Reporting Bills

October 16, 2020 The NYC Council Education and Health Committees held oversight hearings on October 16 on the reopening of schools, as well as two proposed bills to require detailed attendance reporting: Int. 2058 and Int. 2104. Below is my testimony on the issue of class size and how to sharpen these bills to require more precise and disaggregated reporting […]

October 19, 2020 in Testimonies & Comments, Updates by

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PEP Memo on DOE Contracts and Student Privacy (10.19.20)

I sent the below memo to the members of the Panel for Educational Policy last week; questions about their busing contracts, DOE’s lack of compliance with the state student privacy law by failing to post their district data privacy policy and contracts with vendors that have access to personal student data, and problems related to […]

October 19, 2020 in Privacy, Reports & Memos, Reports, Testimonies, Etc., Testimonies & Comments, Updates by

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Letter to regents regarding reopening schools

Below is a letter we sent last week from Class Size Matters and NYC Kids PAC to Chancellor Rosa, the Board of Regents and the NY State Education Commissioner, with copies to Chancellor Carranza and other education decision makers, highlighting some of the most important concerns and ideas offered by parents, teachers and others who […]

July 7, 2020 in Reports, Testimonies, Etc., Testimonies & Comments, Updates by

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Testimony on education budget and capital plan

The following is my written testimony on the education budget and five-year capital plan, detailing the additional staffing and space that will be needed for schools to reopen safely next year. Smaller class sizes are always of concern, but are especially critical now given the need for social distancing in light of the COVID-19 crisis. […]

May 28, 2020 in Testimonies & Comments, Updates by

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