Testimonies & Comments

Testimonies on Huge Problems with School Siting & Planning — will they be addressed by the NYC Council Working Group?

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, the NYC Council held joint hearings of the Education and Finance Committees on the myriad problems with the city’s dysfunctional process of school planning and siting.  Many parents, students and advocates pointed out how the capital plan is underfunded, the enrollment projections inaccurate, school siting too slow — all resulting in […]

March 3, 2017 in Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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School overcrowding and Capital plan briefings Feb. 2017

2017 Presentations on school overcrowding and capital plan Citywide District 1 District 2 District 3 District 4 District 6 District 28  

February 22, 2017 in Powerpoints, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Problems with the school planning and siting process in NYC

Check out the presentation below that summarizes the problems with the dysfunctional school planning and siting process in NYC and the deficiencies of the Nov. 2016 capital plan.

February 21, 2017 in Reports & Memos by

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How NY & Other States Should Count Opt-Outs in the New School Accountability System

Cross-posted on NYSAPE’s website. Below is a memo that Class Size Matters and NY State Allies for Public Education sent to Commissioner Elia and the NY Board of Regents last week, on what may seem like an arcane and technical subject but is actually critical to ensure that opt-out students aren’t counted as failing in […]

February 21, 2017 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Update on Lead in NYC Schools

On Thursday night, I gave a presentation on the capital plan to District 6 CEC.  Since many of the   parents in the district at the meeting were  understandably concerned about the high levels of lead reported in the water of some of their schools — including a finding of 6,620 parts per billion (ppb) […]

February 21, 2017 in Reports & Memos, Updates by

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Testimony on class size, teacher recruitment and retention

This testimony is also available as a pdf here. Testimony to the NYC Council Education Committee on the impact of class size reduction on teacher recruitment and retention January 24, 2017 Dear Chair Dromm and members of the NYC Council Education committee: Thank you for holding these hearings today.   Most experts say the challenge of […]

January 23, 2017 in Testimonies & Comments, Updates by

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Class Size Trends 2007 to 2016 Citywide and by District

Powerpoint showing long-term trend of  NYC class sizes updated with Nov. 2016 data. NYC public school K-3 and 4-8 grade class size trends citywide including each district 2007- 2016.  Below are the individual power points for each school district. District 1 District 2 District 3 District 4 District 5 District 6 District 7 District 8 […]

January 6, 2017 in Powerpoints, Updates by

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Research showing the evidence for class size reduction

Here are two research summaries on the evidence for the wide-ranging benefits of class size reduction; the first is for use by any teacher, parent or advocate nationally; the second is meant primarily for residents of New York state. These research briefs are especially useful in advocating for your state or district to use its […]

January 2, 2017 in Reports, Testimonies, Etc., Updates by

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Testimony on Mayoral Control before the NY Senate Standing Committee on Education March 9, 2016

Leonie Haimson’s Testimony on Mayoral Control before the NY Senate Standing Education Committee on March 9, 2016. You can download a pdf version below and here.   Class Size Matters Testimony on Mayoral Control before the NY Senate Standing Committee on Education March 18, 2016 Thank you for allowing me to testify today.  My name is Leonie Haimson […]

May 19, 2016 in Reports, Testimonies, Etc., Testimonies & Comments, Updates by

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Our Comments to the PEP on the March 2016 Five Year Capital Plan Amendment

Our comments on the March 2016 amendment to the 5 year capital plan, submitted to the Panel for Education Policy May 17, 2016. A PDF can be found here.   Comments on the March 2016 five-year capital plan The number of new seats in the proposed March 2016 five-year capital plan has increased since last year’s […]

May 17, 2016 in Reports, Testimonies, Etc., Testimonies & Comments, Updates by

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