Take action now for smaller classes, & news of legal action in NYC

July 20, 2017 Some important news to report. First the bad news: 1- The House Appropriations Committee voted yesterday to zero out and totally eliminate more than $2 billion in Title II funds, which are used in many schools to reduce class size, keep teachers on staff, and/or improve teacher quality. If the full House […]

July 22, 2017 in Newsletters, Take Action, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Reminder! Hearings on school planning & updates on lead & immigrant students

February 26, 2017 I hope you and your family had a nice winter break. This Tuesday, the City Council will hold hearings on the need to improve school planning and siting process. When: Tues. Feb. 28 starting at 10 AM Where: Council Chambers, City Hall What: City Council joint hearings of the Education and Finance […]

March 9, 2017 in Events, Newsletters, Uncategorized by

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Speaking on privatization & marches tomorrow; & debate on charter schools

March 3, 2017 1.     I will be speaking on the national and state push to privatize public education tomorrow Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Westchester-East Putnam PTA Advocacy Breakfast. The event is free; just RSVP to What: Westchester-East Putnam PTA Advocacy Breakfast Where: The Education House, 5 Homeside Lane, White Plains, […]

March 9, 2017 in Events, Newsletters by

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Please urge NYS to incorporate Opportunity to Learn standards, including small classes, in its accountability system

March 9, 2017 In December of 2016, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced NCLB and requires states to develop a new accountability system for their schools. ESSA mandates that schools be rated mostly on academic factors, including test scores and graduation rates. But it also allows the inclusion […]

March 9, 2017 in News Clips, Take Action, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Tell Mark Zuckerberg not to hire Campbell Brown at Facebook!

The proliferation of fake news through Facebook and other social media has had a profoundly damaging impact on our elections. Now Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he intends to hire Campbell Brown to lead the news team at Facebook. Campbell Brown has received funding from billionaires to relentlessly promote charter schools and vouchers, and attack […]

January 9, 2017 in Petitions, Uncategorized by

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3 simple steps to stop the privatization & destruction of our public schools

Here are three simple steps you can take to stop the privatization and destruction of our public schools: Call your Senators now to oppose the nomination of Betsy DeVos. Tell them that Ms. DeVos is least qualified and most dangerous individual ever to be appointed US Secretary of Education. Ms. DeVos never attended a public […]

December 19, 2016 in Letter Campaigns, Newsletters, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Send an Email Now to Mayor and Speaker on School Overcrowding

February 12, 2016 Dear Friend, The DOE released its updated capital plan at the end of last month. They have now identified an overall need of approximately 83,000 seats citywide – closer to our estimate of more than 100,000 seats and far more than their previous estimate of 49,000 in May. They also plan to […]

February 15, 2016 in Letter Campaigns, News, Newsletters, Recent Newsletters, Take Action, Updates by

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Please Put a Stop to New NYSED Student Data Project, Write a Letter Today!

January 8, 2016 Dear Friend, Welcome back! I hope you had a good holiday break. This morning, we learned that the Board of Regents recently approved a grant from the Gates Foundation for the Regents Research Fund, “to support NYS to launch, execute and utilize implementation data collection at the state level.” Along with NYSAPE […]

January 11, 2016 in All Links and Documents, Letter Campaigns, Newsletters, Recent Newsletters, Take Action by

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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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Update: Parent Action Conference at PS 133 on November 7, 2015! Register today!

Save the date! On Saturday, November 7th, we are co-sponsoring a Parent Action Conference at PS 133 in Brooklyn (near the Barclay Center and many subway stops). Workshops will be held on developing an action plan to address school overcrowding, rising class sizes, mayoral control, empowering parents and school leadership teams, opting out of testing, protecting […]

October 21, 2015 in Events, Take Action by

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