Testimonies & Comments

Testimony on the state’s proposed accountability system under ESSA

This testimony along with the Opportunity to Learn index is downloadable as a pdf here. Leonie Haimson, Class Size Matters June 6, 2017 Good evening, Regent Cashin, Regent Reyes, and Commissioner Elia.  My name is Leonie Haimson and I’m the Executive Director of Class Size Matters, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing class size in […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Testimony: On the Mayor’s Management Report, April 8, 2016

The following is a testimony submitted by Leonie Haimson on April 8, 2016 to the New York City Council Committee on Governmental Operations. You can download the PDF here.

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Testimony: On the Department of Education’s proposed expense budget for FY 2017

The following is a testimony presented before the City Council Education Committee during the expense budget hearing for FY 2017 on March 16, 2016. A PDF can be downloaded here.   Testimony before the City Council Education Committee On the Department of Education’s proposed expense budget for FY 2017 March 16, 2016 Dear Chair Dromm […]

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Testimony before the City Council [with video link]: On the January 2016 five-year capital plan

The following is the testimony by Leonie Haimson for the Capital Plan Hearing on March 8, 2016. You can download a PDF here. You can also watch a video of the hearing via The City Council’s website here, the video starts at 00:58 and Leonie Haimson’s testimony begins at 02:23.     Testimony before the City […]

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Our comments on the new Procurement Process and DOE Contracts to be voted on Feb. 23, 2016

Here are the comments of our new Citizens Contract Oversight Committee about the new DOE procurement procedures and the contracts which was voted on Wed., Feb. 23 at the Panel for Educational Policy meeting.  The meeting was held at 6:00 P.M. at the High School of Fashion Industries on 225 West 24th Street; the agenda is here. […]

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Testimony: Don’t approve ‘Mandatory Inclusionary Housing’ & ‘Zoning for Quality and Affordability’ proposals without a plan to build schools

The following testimony was given at a City Council Committee hearing on the ‘Mandatory Inclusionary Housing’ and ‘Zoning for Quality and Affordability’ proposals on February 10, 2016. A PDF version of the document can be found here.    February 10, 2016   Dear Chair Greenfield and members of the Committee: Thank you for holding these important […]

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