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Class Size Matters opposed to new NYSED student data project; send your own letter too!

The following letter was sent to Commissioner Elia and the Board of Regents, from Class Size Matters and NYSAPE, urging them to put a stop to the new Gates-funded NYSED student data collection plan.  You can also download the letter here. Please send your own letter by clicking here. We have asked them to halt […]

January 8, 2016 in Take Action, Updates by

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Report: How Class Size Matters helped the city save $727 million, and our plea to the Mayor how to use these funds for NYC kids

December 23, 2015 Last February, on a lazy Sunday afternoon, I was perusing the list of DOE contracts due to be voted on that week by the Panel for Educational Policy. Among the long list of contracts, I noticed a proposed contract for equipment and internet wiring worth $1.1 billion over five years, extendable to nine […]

December 28, 2015 in Reports & Memos, Reports, Testimonies, Etc., Updates by

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Year in Review and How You Can Help

December 28, 2015 Dear Friend, Please consider giving a tax-deductible donation to Class Size Matters by clicking here. Right before Christmas, Juan Gonzalez of the NY Daily News wrote a column reporting how the NYC Department of Education had rebid a contract for computer equipment and internet wiring that had been originally been approved at […]

December 28, 2015 in Newsletters, Recent Newsletters, Updates by

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Report: Number of K-3 Students in classes of 30 or more risen sharply since 2011

A PDF of this report can be downloaded here.   NYC Class Size data released; average class sizes still increasing according to DOE K-3 students in classes of 30 or more have doubled since 2011   November 16, 2015 The NYC Department of Education released the latest class size data as of Oct. 31, 2015, citywide, […]

December 21, 2015 in Reports & Memos, Reports, Testimonies, Etc., Updates by

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Testimony: Zoning Changes Should Not be Approved Without a Plan to Build Enough Schools

A copy of our Testimony for the City Planning Commission, a PDF of this testimony can be downloaded here. Testimony before the City Planning Commission December 16, 2015   Dear Chair Weisbrod and members of the Commission: My name is Miho Watabe, and I am testifying on behalf of Class Size Matters, a citywide public […]

December 21, 2015 in Reports, Testimonies, Etc., Testimonies & Comments, Updates by

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Testimony: Large Class Sizes Still Prevalent in Renewal Schools

You can download a PDF version of the Testimony Here. Testimony of Leonie Haimson before the NYC Council Education Committee On the Renewal Schools   November 23, 2015 Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today.  My name is Leonie Haimson; I run Class Size Matters, a citywide advocacy group devoted to providing information […]

November 24, 2015 in Reports, Testimonies, Etc., Testimonies & Comments, Updates by

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Updates on Common Core survey, Student Privacy, and worsening crisis in Class Size & School Overcrowding

November 24, 2015 Dear Friend, 1. On Monday, NYS Allies for Public Education, the coalition we belong to, posted a user-friendly survey on the Common Core. Please take it here. After two days, this survey has already had nearly as many responses (more than 5,300) as the NYSED survey received in more than three weeks. 2. I […]

November 24, 2015 in Newsletters, Recent Newsletters, Updates by

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Sharp increase in class sizes of 30 or more in grades K-3

For immediate release November 16, 2015 For more information, contact Leonie Haimson, leoniehaimson@gmail.com; 917-435-9329   NYC Class Size data released; average class sizes still increasing according to DOE Number of K-3 students in classes of 30 or more risen sharply since 2011   On Friday, DOE released the latest class size data as of Oct. 31, […]

November 16, 2015 in News, Press Releases, Updates by

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Testimony at Common Core Task Force Hearing

Out comments to the 2015 Common Core Task Force Hearing on November 6, 2015 and can be read here.  

November 10, 2015 in Reports, Testimonies, Etc., Testimonies & Comments, Updates by

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Update on November 7th Conference, class size violations this fall, and time to move forward on school overcrowding

October 23, 2015 Dear Friend, I wanted to update you on our citywide conference on Nov. 7 at PS 133 in Brooklyn, where we will develop an action agenda for the NYC public schools. Two new speakers have confirmed: Public Advocate Letitia James and City Council Education Chair Danny Dromm. They will let us know […]

October 29, 2015 in Newsletters, Recent Newsletters, Updates by

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