Press Releases

Attorney and plaintiffs express regret at Appellate Court decision on school budget cuts lawsuit today

A summary and most of the legal filings in the case are posted here. For immediate release: November 22, 2022 For more information:  Laura Barbieri, lbarbieri@advocatesny.com; 914-819-3387 Leonie Haimson, leoniehaimson@gmail.com; 917-435-9329   Attorney and plaintiffs express regret at Appellate Court decision on school budget cuts lawsuit today Today, the Appellate Court released their decision in […]

November 22, 2022 in Press Releases, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Press release: NYC class sizes this year increase sharply in all grade spans except for HS

For immediate release: Nov. 16, 2022 For more information: Leonie Haimson, leoniehaimson@gmail.com; 917-435-9329   NYC class sizes this year increase sharply in all grade spans except for high school Parent leaders, advocates & elected officials demand DOE create a Task Force to develop plan to lower class size in compliance with new state law   […]

November 16, 2022 in Press Releases, Uncategorized, Updates by

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UPDATE: Trends in average NYC public school class size 2007-2022

Updated 11/18/2022. See our press release about the new class size data, which has sparked concerns among electeds, parents, teachers that the DOE is not prepared to comply with the new state law, and urging the Chancellor to form a task force as soon as possible to help develop the class size reduction plan. 

November 16, 2022 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Presentation for the Real Deal on School Budgets forum

Below is the presentation I gave at the Real Deal on School Budgets forum, sponsored by Senator Robert Jackson on Oct. 25, 2022, with a special focus class size, school overcrowding and cuts to School district 6. If you’d like a similar briefing for your CEC or community group, with a focus on your schools, […]

October 26, 2022 in Presentations, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Please join CPAC & many CECs in urging that a Class Size Task Force be created; there is no time to waste.

On June 2, 2022 the Legislature overwhelming passed the class size bill,  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 class size reduction plan beginning in the fall of 2022.  On Sept. 8, 2022, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed the bill […]

October 13, 2022 in Campaigns, Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Take our five-minute survey about impact of budget cuts on your school!

Oct. 6, 2022 We need to hear NYC from teachers, parents, students, principals and other school staff as to what the impact of the budget cuts has been on your school this year, in terms of class size and other critical services and programs. Last year, because school funding was sufficient despite the enrollment decline, […]

October 6, 2022 in Newsletters, Uncategorized, Updates by

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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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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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