Urgent! Please call your Council member to end school overcrowding today!

June 11, 2015 Dear Friends, Our letter urging the Mayor and the Chancellor to expand the capital plan and appoint a Commission to improve the efficiency of school planning and siting has 16 Council members signed on, in addition to the Public Advocate, the UFT President and many parent leaders. Please check the letter below […]

June 11, 2015 in Newsletters, Recent Newsletters, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Letter to Mayor/Chancellor about need to expand school capital plan

Signers as of 6/11/15. Cc: Mayor de Blasio Dear Chancellor Fariña:  As you may know, nearly half a million students already attend schools that are severely overcrowded and the situation is worsening.  We are writing with great concern regarding the recent release of the city’s capital plan. Specifically, we are interested in learning more about […]

June 11, 2015 in Reports, Testimonies, Etc., Uncategorized, Updates by

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Mayor de Blasio’s Education Report Card

For immediate release: April 19, 2015   Contact: Shino Tanikawa, 917-770-8438, Leonie Haimson, 917-435-9329,   Parents and Advocates release Education report card for Mayor de Blasio Grades range from As to Fs in many crucial areas   Today, Sunday April 19 at noon, in front of the Department of Education headquarters at Tweed, […]

April 19, 2015 in Press Releases, Uncategorized, Updates by

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5/2/14: Important! please join us Tuesday May 6 at 9 AM re charter giveway!

May 2, 2014 Please distribute to all parents!  Parents and elected officials are holding a press conference Tuesday May 6 at Tweed to speak out against the new state law that gives any new and/or expanding charter free space either in our public school buildings or in private space paid for by the city .Meanwhile, many […]

March 30, 2015 in Uncategorized by

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Testimony on school overcrowding March 3, 2015

Here is our testimony on school overcrowding before the NYC Council Education Committee School Overcrowding Testimony 3.3.15 Final

March 3, 2015 in Reports, Testimonies, Etc., Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Please contact Congress to improve ESEA/NCLB!

The House version of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as NCLB, will likely be voted on this week. The Senate version is currently being negotiated in committee. So this is the time to let your elected representatives in Congress know what you want the final law to say.   Please send […]

February 23, 2015 in Take Action, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Our Co-Location Moratorium Letter to the Chancellor

On Nov. 18, along with many parent leaders and other advocates, we sent the letter below to the Chancellor, urging a moratorium on any more co-locations until all NYC children could be ensured of their constitutional right to a sound basic education, including smaller classes.  WNYC reported on our letter here. It was reported yesterday that […]

November 20, 2014 in Reports, Testimonies, Etc., Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Class Size and Overcrowding in All 32 New York City School Districts

Below see Power points revealing worsening class size and school overcrowding crisis for each of the NYC school districts. Data sources: DOE class size data for 2013-2014, SCA Blue Book Report &  Enrollment Projections for 2011-2021, housing start data,   Kindergarten wait list numbers, TCU Report,  FY 2015-2019 Capital Plan. Please find your district below by […]

July 16, 2014 in Powerpoints, Reports, Testimonies, Etc., Uncategorized, Updates by

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New report, Space Crunch: Failures in policy & planning leading to school overcrowding

For immediate release: June 6, 2014 For more information: Leonie Haimson,; 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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Class Size Matters has led the fight for student data privacy in NY State.  We are encouraged that the Governor and Legislature appear to be discussing the possibility of severing the state’s relationship with inBloom as part of the budget negotiations.  As New York is now the only state still participating in this egregious project, […]

March 26, 2014 in Uncategorized by

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