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Why Parents Opt Out and Our Lawsuit vs The City on School Leadership Team Meetings

Dear Friends, A few quick links I wanted to share with you. Last week, I wrote an op-ed with Jeanette Deutermann of Long Island Opt for City and State about why an estimated 225,000 NY parents chose to have their children refuse the state exams last year. Despite the rash of editorials excoriating parents for doing so, we […]

August 26, 2015 in Recent Newsletters, Updates by

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Update on struggling schools scandal and our C4E comments

August 17, 2015 Dear Friends, I wanted to bring to your attention to a piece I wrote in today’s Gotham Gazette, that puts the recent credit recovery scandals in context and proposes an alternative vision for NYC struggling schools. Please take a look and let me know what you think! Saturday was the deadline for comments […]

August 17, 2015 in Newsletters, Recent Newsletters, Updates by

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Update on state tests and opt outs, our meeting with new Commissioner, and last chance to sign petition on class size!

August 13, 2015 Dear Friends, The state test scores were released yesterday and they were nothing to brag about. As before, the vast majority of studentsscored Level 1 or 2, and there was only a very small uptick in those scoring Level 3 or 4 (supposedly proficient.) The big story was the number of opt outs, […]

August 17, 2015 in Newsletters, Recent Newsletters, Updates by

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The city’s attempt to bury the news of its rejection of the Blue Book Working Group’s recommendations on class size

Yesterday, in the middle of summer, the DOE finally released the recommendations of its own Blue Book working group, recommendations which had been finalized last December, according to several reliable sources.  (Chalkbeat wrongly reports the date as March.)  See also Schoolbook, WNYC radio and DNAinfo, for more information on the recommendations — and what the […]

July 31, 2015 in News, Updates by

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Update on city’s decision to reject class size recommendations of DOE working group

July 30, 2015 Dear Friends,  On Tuesday, the city announced it would reject the recommendations of the Blue Book Working Group, appointed by the Chancellor and co-chaired by the head of the School Construction Authority, to incorporate smaller classes into the school utilization formula. The city suppressed these recommendations for more than six months, and […]

July 31, 2015 in Newsletters, Recent Newsletters, Updates by

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Update! Sign our petition on class size, and what the DOE survey and IBO analysis of charter funding left out

Dear Friend, 1. The DOE has posted a Contract for Excellence proposal for next year that, once again, contains no real plan to reduce class size, contrary to the intent of the 2007 law and the Mayor’s promises. Instead, class sizes are likely to continue to increase, unless the DOE allocates specific dollars towards creating smaller […]

July 23, 2015 in Newsletters, Petitions, Recent Newsletters, Take Action, Updates by

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Our comments at last night’s C4E hearings

The DOE is holding annual borough hearings on their 2015-2016 Contracts for Excellence (C4E) plan, as required by state law. The C4E program, established in 2007 in response to the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit, provides targeted state funds that were supposed to be used to reduce class size and other approved goals in NYC and […]

July 16, 2015 in Testimonies & Comments, Updates by

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Update on Senate bill, Pearson’s lost testing contract, our SLT lawsuit, and borough hearings on class size

July 10, 2015 Dear Friends, 1. Though school may be out, there’s a lot happening in the education world. Right now the Senate is debating a bi- partisan bill to revamp No Child Left Behind, called the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA). For the first time in 13 years, there is a real chance to […]

July 13, 2015 in Newsletters, Recent Newsletters, Updates by

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Urgent: call today to expand the capital plan and eliminate school overcrowding!!

June 22, 2015 Dear Friends, 1. The city budget along with the school capital plan will likely be finalized this week and perhaps in a few days. Please make calls TODAY to: Speaker Melissa Viverito: 212-788-7210 or 212-828-9800 and CM Julissa Ferreras, Finance chair: 718-651-1917 or 212-788-6862. Say NYC kids need an expanded school capital […]

July 10, 2015 in Newsletters, Recent Newsletters, Updates by

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School overcrowding: Please come to our press conference Thursday at 1 PM

June 15, 2015 Dear Friends, 1.   This Thursday, June 18 at 1 PM, we will be holding a press conference on the steps of City Hall. We will be speaking about the need to expand the school capital plan and appoint a Commission to improve the efficiency of school planning and siting — to ease […]

July 10, 2015 in Newsletters, Recent Newsletters, Updates by

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