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Our suggestions to the Blue Book working group; please write your own letter by November 26!

Please write your own letter to DOE’s Blue Book working group about how to revise the much-criticized school utilization formula. Their email is below and the deadline for submitting comments is next Wednesday, November 26. They plan to present their initial recommendations to the public in December. Feel free to include any of the points […]

November 20, 2014 in 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 Uncategorized, Updates by

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Letter to Chancellor Fariña on the School Progress Report

Here is a letter to Chancellor Fariña about revising school progress reports. Read below or download.

November 19, 2014 in Updates by

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Press Release: Class size averages drop slightly this fall in grades K-3 and 4th-8th, but grow in HS At least 367,794 students remain in classes of 30 or more

For immediate release: November 18, 2014 For more information contact: Leonie Haimson, 917-435-9329, leonie@classsizematters.org Josey Bartlett, (718) 803-6373 x 202, Jbartlett@council.nyc.gov    Class size averages drop slightly this fall in grades K-3 and 4th-8th, but grow in HS At least 367,794 students remain in classes of 30 or more   Late Friday, the DOE released class size […]

November 18, 2014 in Media, Press Releases, Updates by

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Testimony of Karen Sprowal before the NYC Council Education Committee on the negative impact of excessive class sizes on students with disabilities

Below is the testimony of Karen Sprowal before the NYC Council Education Committee on the negative impact of excessive class sizes on student with disabilities

October 31, 2014 in Updates by

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Negative Impact of charter proliferation on Harlem’s District 5 public schools

Here is the powerpoint I presented on Oct. 8, 2014 to Community Education Council 5 on the negative impact of the proliferating charters on their public schools.

October 14, 2014 in Powerpoints, Updates by

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2014 Presentations on C4E plan for CECs

This year the DOE is holding hearings about the Contracts for Excellence (C4E) plan for each district’s Community Education Council (CEC). We have been invited to CEC meetings to give a presentation on  how the C4E plan violates the language and intent of the law. Find the presentation including specific class size and school utilization data for your […]

October 9, 2014 in Powerpoints, Updates by

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New 2015-2019 Capital Plan Briefing- Citywide

This is a briefing about the unmet need for seats citywide proposed in the new 2015-2019 proposed capital plan. Download in Powerpoint here: Citywide Capital Plan Briefing

October 1, 2014 in Powerpoints, Updates by

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73 Education professors urge the Chancellor and the Mayor to reduce class size

At the Community Education Council meeting on Sept. 22, 2014, Prof. Mark Lauterbach of Brooklyn College read a letter from 73 professors of education and psychology, urging Chancellor Farina to reduce class size as part of the city’s Contract for Excellence plan.  The letter points out that early education does not end at the age […]

September 24, 2014 in Updates by

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Parent Organizing Toolkit 2014

Parents are the “sleeping giant” in the fight to preserve our public schools, according to Diane Ravitch; time to wake up! To help explain how to get started, below is a powerpoint that gives parents the information and tools necessary to network and advocate on important issues. Read here or click on this pdf .  

August 27, 2014 in Powerpoints, Reports, Testimonies, Etc., Updates by

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