Testimonies & Comments

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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NYC Council proposes $250 million for class size reduction next year

For immediate release: April 20, 2021 Contact: Leonie Haimson, leoniehaimson@gmail.com; 917-435-9329   NYC Council proposes $250 million for class size reduction next year!   In their Preliminary Budget Response, the NYC Council proposes that next year $250 million should be allocated to lowering class size, especially targeted towards struggling schools with vulnerable student populations. This […]

April 20, 2021 in Press Releases, Uncategorized, Updates by

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New Report finds DOE overspent millions on charter rental subsidies & owes millions to co-located public schools for facility upgrades

The NY Daily News and WCBS-TV covered the lack of matching funds issue. For immediate release: March 25, 2021 Media contact: Leonie Haimson, leoniehaimson@gmail.com, 917-435-9329 New report finds DOE overspent by many millions on rental subsidies for charter schools and owed millions to co-located public schools for facility upgrades Analysis by Class Size Matters reveals […]

March 25, 2021 in Press Releases, Reports & Memos, 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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Please urge the Mayor and Council to use the federal funds to provide our kids with the smaller classes they will need next year!

March 17, 2021 Dear folks — Please join Class Size Matters and NYC Kids PAC and urge the Mayor and the NYC Council to use one billion dollars of the approximately $2.5 billion in additional funds that NYC schools are due to receive from the federal government next year and the year after to be […]

March 18, 2021 in Uncategorized by

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Urge the Mayor and the Council to use a big chunk of the federal funds to reduce class size next year!

Class Size Matters and NYC Kids PAC are advocating for  one billion dollars of the approximately $2.5 billion in extra federal funds that NYC schools are due to get next year and the year after to be invested in smaller classes,  for NYC students who will need them more than every before. This is a […]

March 17, 2021 in Newsletters, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Pl take our class size survey today as NYC DOE releases inaccurate data three months late

By law, the DOE is supposed to report on class sizes twice a year, the first time on Nov. 15 and then again on Feb. 15.  We had heard from parents of egregiously large classes sizes this fall for many students engaged in remote learning of sixty students or even more, either full-time or part-time. […]

March 4, 2021 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Why the gifted exam should be cancelled now & forever & news of this week’s hearings

Jan. 22, 2021 Dear all – 1.Please read my piece published today at Gotham Gazette.  It explains why the DOE should cancel the “gifted” tests immediately; now and forever.  It makes no sense to continue this invalid, unreliable and biased exam, especially in the midst of a pandemic and the prospect of steep budget cuts […]

January 23, 2021 in Recent Newsletters, Uncategorized, 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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City Council candidate education briefing

On Dec. 9, 2020, Class Size Matter and NYC Kids PAC held an online briefing for City Council candidates and campaign staff.  About 85 or so candidates  participated.  The presentation, which covered a range of issues from the education budget, class size and school overcrowding, to charter schools, testing and Mayoral control, is available  below.  […]

December 13, 2020 in Presentations, Uncategorized by

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