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City budget hearings tomorrow & possible legislative breakthrough on class size!

May 24, 2022 1. Just a quick note to let you know that there are City Council public hearings tomorrow on the budget, starting at 10 AM. If you’d like to testify by zoom, you can sign up here. Written testimony can also be submitted for up to to 72 hours after these hearings are […]

May 24, 2022 in Take Action, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Last two weeks to get state class size legislation passed!

May 20, 2022 Dear folks — 1. The State Legislature will be in session only for twenty more days.   Please call your Legislators today and urge them to pass the bills that would require NYC to phase in smaller classes in all grades.   Tell them to support and bring to the floor for […]

May 21, 2022 in Campaigns, Newsletters, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Please help us advocate against the egregious budget cuts planned for schools next year!

April 27, 2022 Yesterday, Mayor Adams announced his executive budget, and though he he added $1.2 billion for various initiatives, including even more funding for the police, he is still planning to cut school budgets by $375 million over the next three years, which combined with unidentified school budget “efficiency savings” of this year, would […]

April 27, 2022 in Campaigns, Newsletters, Updates by

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NYC has been excluded from more than $2.5 billion in state aid to make up for the cost of charter schools!

Since this post was written, the Education Law Center has released a similar analysis . According to an estimate from the Independent Budget Office, NYC schools have lost more than $2 billion in state aid between 2012 and 2020, because they are the only district in the state that is exempted from receiving state transitional […]

March 9, 2022 in Campaigns, Uncategorized, Updates 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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Urgent! Class size bill in the City Council!

November 17, 2021 Este mensaje está en español aquí. The good news is that with your help, 39 Council Members out of 49 have now signed onto Int. 2374, the bill that would require class sizes be reduced in NYC schools. This is a veto-proof majority, so that if passed, the Mayor could not block […]

November 17, 2021 in Campaigns, Newsletters, Take Action, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Update on the class size bill and how you can help!

Este mensaje es in Espanol aqui. Nov. 11, 2021 Intro 2367, the bill that would require smaller classes be phased in over three years, now has 36 out of 50 Council Members as co-sponsors. We hope this bill will come to a vote in the next ten days or so. 14 Council Members have not […]

November 11, 2021 in Campaigns, Newsletters, Take Action, Uncategorized by

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Contact your legislators & the Mayor to ensure that NYC lowers class size!

Please ask your legislators to support S.6296 and A. 7447, the bills that would update NYC’s obligation to lower class size  by clicking here.  The bills have growing support, but time is short!  We only have less than two weeks before the Legislature adjourns for the year. Memos of support for these bills have now […]

May 31, 2021 in Campaigns by

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How do you think NYC should spend $8 billion to improve our schools? Attend our conference & take our survey

We are holding our annual Parent Action Conference on Sat. May 22 from 11 AM – 1 PM with Kids PAC, to gain input from parents, teachers and others on how NYC should invest the $8 billion in additional state and federal funds our schools are due to receive in the next two to three […]

May 3, 2021 in Events, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Contact your legislators now – schools desperately need funding to reopen safely next fall!

July 21, 2020 Last week, Governor Cuomo, the State Department of Health, and the NY State Education Department all came out with detailed guidance on what measures schools should take to reopen in the fall to ensure health and safety as well as provide instructional and emotional support to their students. If the COVID positivity rates of all […]

July 21, 2020 in Campaigns, Newsletters, Take Action, Updates by

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