Reports & Memos

New report shows NYC students crammed into severely overcrowded buildings; if capital plan adopted, crisis likely worse in future

For immediate release: June 6, 2014 For more information: Leonie Haimson, leonie@classsizematters.org; 917-435-9329 Nearly half a million NYC students are crammed into severely overcrowded buildings; if capital plan adopted, crisis will be even worse five years from now (click image for report) Today, Class Size Matters released a comprehensive report on school overcrowding. Among the […]

June 6, 2014 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized, Updates by

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A Complete Guide to the Corporate Reform Movement

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 […]

February 20, 2013 in Reports & Memos, Reports, Testimonies, Etc. by

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CM Robert Jackson letter to State re failure of C4E process

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 […]

January 16, 2013 in Reports & Memos by

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CFE letter to the DOE, demanding that violations of C4E law be addressed

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 […]

January 16, 2013 in Reports & Memos by

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Key Issues in Public Education: Class Size

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.

December 3, 2012 in Reports & Memos by

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Key Issues in Public Education: High-Stakes Testing

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.

December 3, 2012 in Reports & Memos by

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Warning to district 6 and others considering de-zoning

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 […]

October 22, 2012 in Reports & Memos by

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Rebuttal to DOE’s rationale for eliminating reporting on TCUs and class size

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 […]

October 11, 2012 in Reports & Memos by

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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 […]

May 24, 2012 in Benefits of Small Classes, Reports & Memos, Uncategorized by

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Is the city violating the law when it comes to class size? You betcha!

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 […]

October 24, 2011 in Powerpoints, Reports & Memos, Reports, Testimonies, Etc. by

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