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Appellate Court budget cut hearings and Galaxy cuts as of Sept. 28, 2022

Sept. 28, 2022 The Appellate Court hearings on the lawsuit to restore the budget cuts to schools are scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 29. Only the attorneys are allowed in the courtroom but observers will be able to watch the proceedings via the live stream or on YouTube, starting at about 2 PM for all […]

September 28, 2022 in Newsletters, Uncategorized, Updates by

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FAQ on the state’s new class size law

You can download this fact sheet as a pdf here. Updated Nov. 1, 2022 FAQ on the state’s new class size law for NYC On June 2, 2022 the Legislature overwhelming passed  S9460/ A10498  by a vote of 59-4 in the Senate and 147-2 in the Assembly.  The bill required that NYC implement a five-year […]

September 28, 2022 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Our Opportunity to Learn index: an alternative school accountability system

Former principal Shane Safir has a piece in Education Week arguing against the over reliance on standardized test scores to judge schools. Instead she argues that “We need to shift our focus from so-called “achievement gaps” to opportunity gaps by collecting qualitative information that is close to the learner.” In 2017, when NY State was […]

September 24, 2022 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized by

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Parents and advocates thank Gov. Hochul and cheer the signing of the class size bill

For immediate release: September 9, 2022 Contacts: Leonie Haimson: 917-435-9329; leoniehaimson@gmail.com Julia Watson: 978.518.0729; julia@aqeny.org Randi Garay and Shirley Aubin: infocpacnyc@gmail.com Yesterday, Governor Hochul signed the class size bill passed overwhelmingly last June by the Legislature that would require NYC to phase in smaller classes over five years. The only change from the original bill […]

September 9, 2022 in Press Releases, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Our testimony on budget cuts, the unfairness of Fair Student Funding, and the possible re-emergence of the ATR pool

August 22, 2022 Check out Class Size Matters testimony at hearings of the Council Education Department today on their resolution, demanding the Mayor restore the budget cuts to schools. We included a critique of the entire design of the Fair Student Funding system, showing how it was structured to maximize class sizes and incentivize principals […]

August 22, 2022 in Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Council hearings Monday, Sen. Liu on class size & budget cuts, and our letter to Gov. Hochul

August 20, 2022 1.This Monday, Aug. 22 starting at 10 AM there will be hearings on the NYC Council’s resolution demanding the Mayor restore $469 million in budget cuts to schools. This resolution, that 35 of 51 Council Members have now co-signed, is sure to pass; but if you have the time, it would be […]

August 20, 2022 in Newsletters, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Update: An FAQ on the Appellate Court & Supreme Court orders in the budget cuts lawsuit & what comes next

This is a fast moving story.  The fact sheet below has been updated since the Appellate Court gave the City an automatic stay late in the day on August 9.  Here is the attorney’s statement on the Appellate Court’s action. August 9, 2022 On Friday, August 5,  in Tucker vs the City of New York, […]

August 9, 2022 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Update on lawsuit to restore budget cuts & estimate of actual cuts

August 1, 2022 1. The lawsuit to restore the budget cuts to schools and provide the City Council with another chance to vote on the education budget will be heard this Thursday, August 4 at 10 AM in the NY State Supreme Court, 80 Centre St. in Room 308. Please join us in the courtroom […]

August 2, 2022 in Newsletters, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Evidence suggests if cuts aren’t restored, NYC schools will suffer loss of about billion dollars compared to this year

July 31, 2022 There has been much confusion around the amount of school budget cuts for next year.  While the DOE originally claimed $215 million had been cut from the Fair Student Funding (FSF) amounts, it turned out that this amount did not include cuts made because of DOE’s projections of continued enrollment decline.  The […]

July 31, 2022 in Uncategorized, Updates by

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Judge Denies City Request to Vacate his Temporary Restraining Order Against Budget Cuts to Schools

For immediate release: July 27, 2022   Contact: Laura D. Barbieri 914-819-3387; Lbarbieri@advocatesny.com Leonie Haimson: 917-435-9329; leoniehaimson@gmail.com;   Judge Denies City Request to Vacate his Temporary Restraining Order Against Budget Cuts to Schools   This morning, Judge Lyle Frank rejected the City’s request to vacate his Temporary Restraining Order, which means that any further cuts […]

July 27, 2022 in Press Releases, Uncategorized by

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