Reports & Memos

Trend in NYC class sizes through Nov. 2016

Here is data on the increase in class size since 2007, including class sizes of 30 or more, and the long term trend since 1998.

June 25, 2017 in Reports & Memos, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Timeline on NYC failure to reduce class size in compliance with the C4E law

The NYC Department of Education has refused to complied with the Contracts for Excellence (C4E) law requiring that they create smaller classes in all grades in our public schools. Instead class sizes are considerably larger now than when the law was passed in 2007. As of the fall 2016, classes in Kindergarten through third grade […]

June 25, 2017 in Reports & Memos, 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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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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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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New report, Space Crunch: Failures in policy & planning leading to school overcrowding

For immediate release: June 6, 2014 For more information: Leonie Haimson, leonie@classsizematters.org; 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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A Complete Guide to the Corporate Reform Movement

On February 7th, Diane Ravitch posted our Complete Guide to the Corporate Reform Movement on her blog. Check out our corporate reform document, and see what we wrote: Many parents, teachers and concerned citizens are confused by the superabundance of well-funded advocacy organizations, consulting companies, and research groups promoting the corporate education reform agenda. These […]

February 20, 2013 in Reports & Memos, Reports, Testimonies, Etc. by

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CM Robert Jackson letter to State re failure of C4E process

On January 8, 2013, Chair of the Committee on Education, Concilmember Robert Jackson, wrote a letter to State Education Commissioner King on behalf of NYC students. In his letter, Councilmember Jackson urges the Commissioner to, “hold New York City accountable to the public process demanded by the [Contracts for Excellence] law, and if the City […]

January 16, 2013 in Reports & Memos by

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