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Some advice and guidance for the week ahead

March 22, 2020 Dear all: A lot of news to catch up on.  Tomorrow starts remote learning for NYC public school students.  If you don’t have an online device, the Chancellor said on Friday that you can pick up written packets of suggested homework at the 400 school sites distributing food.  [UPDATE: apparently these packets […]

March 23, 2020 in Newsletters, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Important update on just-announced NYC school closings and other important developments

March 15, 2020 After several weeks of resistance, Mayor de Blasio just announced that starting tomorrow, Monday March 16, NYC public schools will be closed, and will remain closed until at least April 20, to stem the rapid spread of coronavirus.  For the next week, schools will be open only as a place for parents […]

March 15, 2020 in Newsletters, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Testimony on the importance of lowering class size in NYC schools

A pdf of this testimony is posted here; a video of my abbreviated remarks is here. Leonie Haimson’s Testimony before the NYC Council Education Committee on the Need to Reduce Class Size in the NYC Public Schools Feb. 28, 2020 Thank you Chair Treyger for holding these important hearings today on a subject that is […]

March 5, 2020 in Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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New flyer for the Feb. 28 class size hearings; please share

Here and below is the updated flyer for the Feb. 28 class size hearings at City Hall, starting at 10 AM.  Please share widely, and sorry for all the confusion. Please come to show your support for smaller classes, even if you don’t choose to testify.  If you can’t be there at 10 AM, don’t […]

February 19, 2020 in Events, Uncategorized by

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UPDATE: Class size hearings now scheduled for Friday Feb. 28! Please come!

Our class size hearings have been rescheduled again, and will now be held on Friday February 28, at 10AM at City Hall in the Committee Room.  A flyer you can download and share is below and here. We  need parents, teachers, and concerned citizens to come out and show their support for this event. You […]

February 19, 2020 in Uncategorized by

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Memo on how DOE is violating two laws meant to ease school overcrowding

Two bills were passed last year by the City Council, with the goal of helping to alleviate school overcrowding: Local Law 167 which required the DOE to make more transparent its data sources and methodology for projecting the need for new school seats, and Local Law 168, which created a Task Force for School Siting to expedite […]

February 12, 2020 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized, Updates by

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DOE Charter Facility Spending, Overview and District-Specific Information

In October of 2019 Class Size Matters released a report on charter facility funding in New York City. This report reveals that the NYC DOE spent more than $377 million on charter school facility costs from FY 2014 to FY 2019. This includes matching funds for public school facility upgrade costs as well as rent […]

February 12, 2020 in Presentations, Uncategorized by

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FAQ for parents and teachers on Regents “exit exams” and why they should be eliminated

The Board of Regents and the New York State Education Department are re-examining the use of Regents “exit exams” as a requirement for high school graduation, and are holding a series of regional public sessions to gather input from parents, teachers and other stakeholders before making any changes to the current policy. These meetings will […]

February 5, 2020 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized, Updates by

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School Siting Task Force report and spreadsheets

Jan. 6, 2020 The School Siting Task Force, created by Local Law 168, met only twice with no input from parent members appointed by the DOE or City Council members. It produced only a 1 1/2 page report, along with two spreadsheets, one a list of empty city-owned sites from the Department of Citywide Administrative […]

January 6, 2020 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized by

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Breaking: Our class size lawsuit will be heard Jan. 13 & last chance in 2019 to support our efforts

Dec. 31, 2019   Dear Friend: I wanted to let you know that we just heard yesterday that the appeal of our  class size lawsuit vs the DOE Chancellor and State Education Commissioner, Agostini vs. Elia, will be heard on Monday, January 13 at 1 PM in the Appellate Court in Albany. We filed the […]

December 31, 2019 in Newsletters, Uncategorized, Updates by

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