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DeVos was confirmed. What comes now?

February 8, 2017 Yesterday, the US Senate approved Betsy DeVos to be the US Secretary of Education as we had feared, with Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote. Though disappointing it was in its way historic: the only time in US history that a Cabinet secretary has needed the vote of the Vice President to […]

February 21, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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Stop Betsy DeVos & Campbell Brown before it’s too late!

January 6, 2017 1.   Senate hearings on the nomination of Betsy DeVos to become Secretary of Education will be held Wednesday, January 11. As I explain in this month’s Indypendent, she is the most unqualified person every to be nominated to this position and is out to wreck our public schools. Please call your […]

February 21, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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Last chance to give in 2016, plus highlights and lowlights of the year

December 31, 2016 1. It’s your last chance to give a tax-deductible donation to Class Size Matters in 2016. You can also check out what Diane Ravitch wrote about our efforts to improve schools and protect student privacy. If you would like to support our work going forward, please send a check to the address […]

February 21, 2017 in Uncategorized 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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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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Please give to Class Size Matters on #GivingTuesday.

Please consider donating to Class Size Matters on #GivingTuesday.  We are continuing to push for smaller classes and less overcrowding in our public schools. NYC added nearly a billion dollars to the capital plan last spring to build more schools, in part because of our advocacy.  Yet the plan is still underfunded, the process of […]

November 29, 2016 in Uncategorized by

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Update on class size, SLTs, and student privacy

November 22, 2016 Dear friend, 1.This year’s average school level and citywide class size data was released last week, showing a slight decrease in average class sizes in most grades. However, the decrease was so small that it would take 11 years before city schools reached acceptable Contract for Excellence class sizes in grades K-3, […]

November 22, 2016 in Uncategorized by

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Fact sheets in English and Spanish on School Leadership team meetings

On October 25, 2016 the Appellate Court ruled on our lawsuit to keep School Leadership Team meetings open, which the DOE had closed to the public starting in 2013. Here is our press release, and here are articles about the decision in the Daily News, the Village Voice and Chalkbeat.   Here is a blog post […]

November 14, 2016 in Uncategorized, Updates by

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We won in court vs the DOE to keep School Leadership Team meetings open!

October 27, 2016   Dear friend: Just a quick update to let you know that on Tuesday, the Appellate Court ruled on our lawsuit against the DOE, and in a strongly worded, unanimous decision agreed with the Supreme Court that School Leadership Team meetings must be open to the public. Here is the Court’s decision; […]

October 27, 2016 in Newsletters, Uncategorized, Updates by

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