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Great news; with more federal AND state funding, no excuse left for NYC Mayor to deny kids the smaller classes they need!

April 7, 2021 1.Tremendous news!  The state finally came through with the additional foundation aid that our schools were promised years ago as a result of the CFE lawsuit, which will mean more than $600 million for NYC schools next year, increasing to an estimated $1.6 billion annually in three years. This is in addition […]

April 7, 2021 in Newsletters, Updates by

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Memo in opposition to raising the cap on charters or allowing “zombie” charters

UPDATE: 4/7/21 Thankfully, the completed state budget does NOT have any increase in the number of charter schools allowed under the cap; nor does it revive the “zombie” charters! April 5, 2021 I just heard from a connected source that raising the charter cap and/or reviving the “zombie” charters is still on the table in […]

April 5, 2021 in Reports & Memos, 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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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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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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Please give so we can continue our work for smaller classes & student privacy in 2021

Dec. 28, 2020 Dear Friends — 2020 was a difficult year for Class Size Matters as it was for many non-profits. If you support our mission of smaller classes, so that all students no matter what their background can receive the help and feedback from teachers they need for an equitable opportunity to learn, please […]

December 28, 2020 in News, Newsletters, Updates by

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News update on Mayoral control, school planning for next year, and please give!

December 13, 2020 Dear Friends, 1 – It’s that time of year; please give to Class Size Matters, we need financial support especially as we could not hold our annual Skinny award fundraiser last spring because of COVID. We rely on donations from our supporters; please do so by clicking here. Also, if you’re buying gifts on […]

December 13, 2020 in News, Newsletters, Updates by

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