On February 7, 2013, the Massachusetts ACLU, Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood, Citizens for Public Schools and Massachusetts PTA wrote a joint letter to the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education about the release of students’ personally identifiable information to the Gates-sponsored inBloom, Inc.. New York and Massachusetts are two of nine states that have agreed to share confidential student Read more
On January 8, 2013, Chair of the Committee on Education, Concilmember Robert Jackson, wrote a letter to State Education Commissioner King on behalf of NYC students. In his letter, Councilmember Jackson urges the Commissioner to, “hold New York City accountable to the public process demanded by the [Contracts for Excellence] law, and if the City Read more
On January 11, 2013, the CFE Project wrote to Chancellor Walcott, alerting him to the DOE’s failure to comply with the Contracts for Excellence law: “To date, the DOE has not posted a proposed 2012-13 C4E plan for public comment, nor has the DOE held any public hearings on a proposed plan in accordance with Read more
The Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) announced in a letter last week that it was considering re-opening the lawsuit against New York State, on the basis that the funding promised NYC and other high-needs school districts has never been fulfilled. Below is a presentation on CFE delivered by Leonie Haimson at Princeton, for a course on Read more
Leonie Haimson, of Class Size Matters, wrote this report on class size for A+NYC, a coalition of parents, advocates, youth-service, and community-based organizations. See the A+NYC policy hub here: http://aplusnyc.org/. Download a full pdf of the report here.
Johanna E. Miller, with NY Civil Liberties Union, and Leonie Haimson, of Class Size Matters, co-wrote this report on high-stakes testing for A+NYC, a coalition of parents, advocates, youth-service, and community-based organizations. See the A+NYC policy hub here: http://aplusnyc.org/. Download a full pdf of the report here.
Here are comments submitted to the State Education Department on the proposed New American Academy charter, opposing the granting of this charter. The school is based on the model of an existing public school in Brooklyn, that places 60 small children in a room with four teachers, instead of providing them with the proven model Read more
Comments submitted to the State Education Department. You can also download the pdf of this document here.
This memo was written for District 6 parents and Community Education Council members, who with the encouragement of DOE are considering eliminating all school attendance zones in their district. Apparently there are other districts, including D7 and D9 in the Bronx, are considering the same course of action. I believe this proposal is a Trojan Horse, and Read more
NYC parent advocates and Class Size Matters joined with famed civil rights attorney, Norman Siegel, for a news conference on October 14, 2012. The Associated Press reported the activists calling on State Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, and Board of Regents Chancellor, Merryl Tisch, to defend students’ privacy protections against using student records for commercial purposes. Read more