On February 7th, Diane Ravitch posted our Complete Guide to the Corporate Reform Movement on her blog. Check out our corporate reform document, and see what we wrote: Many parents, teachers and concerned citizens are confused by the superabundance of well-funded advocacy organizations, consulting companies, and research groups promoting the corporate education reform agenda. These Read more
Reports & Memos
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
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.
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
October 11, 2012 The Report and Advisory Board Review Commission, a body with four mayoral appointees and three City Council members, is to vote October 30 on whether to eliminate 21 reporting requirements and advisory boards, including the DOE’s legally mandated reporting on class size and Temporary Classroom Units (or TCUs.) Two laws were passed Read more
The potential impact of mandatory Kindergarten on overcrowding and class size; and how it triggers the need for an accelerated capital plan
Speaker Quinn’s push for mandatory Kindergarten in NYC, now being considered in the NYS Legislature, is likely to send thousands of new children into a schools system that is already struggling with Kindergarten waiting lists, overcrowding, and increasing class sizes. Our analysis here and below suggests what the impact may be, and proposes that the Read more
Class sizes keep increasing in all areas of the city, despite the Contracts for Excellence (C4E) law passed by the state in 2007, requiring the DOE to reduce class sizes in all grades. We are now in the fifth and final year of the city’s class size reduction plan, only class sizes in the early Read more
Recommendations on School Governance by the Parent Commission NYC • March 2009 The only good thing to come out of the governance debate and well worth reading for anyone interested in the problems with mayoral control. http://www.classsizematters.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/parent_commission_Final_Report.pdf These recommendations were endorsed by: Black New Yorkers for Educational Excellence Brooklyn Society of Ethical Read more