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Please take five minutes to help stop the privatization of NY schools!

June 16, 2017 Only a few days are left in the NY legislative term, and the NY State Senate leadership and now Gov. Cuomo are pushing a deal to exchange the extension of Mayoral control in NYC for more charter schools and/or a tuition tax credit for religious and private schools statewide. One of the […]

July 22, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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Update on NY State accountability plan and our Skinny Awards dinner

June 13, 2017 1. The NY State Ed Department has been holding hearings on its ESSA plan. You can check out my account of the Brooklyn hearings; my testimony is here. You can send your own comments through through June 16 on what you think the State should measure to assess the quality of schools […]

July 22, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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Sign up for our Skinny Dinner now!

May 25, 2017 It’s that time of year again! Our 2017 Annual Skinny Award Dinner will be held Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30 PM at Il Bastardo/Bocca di Bacco, 191 Seventh Ave., in Manhattan. We will be serving a three course dinner with wine, and will honor those individuals who gave us the real “skinny” […]

July 22, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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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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NYC PARENTS FILE COMPLAINT TO ENFORCE LAW TO REDUCE CLASS SIZE

For Immediate Release:  July 6, 2017   Contact: Leonie Haimson, Class Size Matters, 917-435-9329; leoniehaimson@gmail.com Wendy Lecker, Education Law Center, 203-536-7567, wlecker@edlawcenter.org   NYC PARENTS FILE COMPLAINT TO ENFORCE LAW TO REDUCE CLASS SIZE Demand Department of Education Reduce Class Size as Mandated in State Law   Today, nine parents from every New York City […]

July 6, 2017 in Press Releases, Uncategorized, Updates by

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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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Take five minutes to help stop the further privatization of education in NY State!

June 16, 2017 Only a few days are left in the NY legislative term, and the NY State Senate leadership and now Gov. Cuomo are pushing a deal to exchange the extension of Mayoral control in NYC for more charter schools and/or a tuition tax credit for religious and private schools. One of the bills […]

June 25, 2017 in Newsletters, Uncategorized, Updates by

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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 […]

June 7, 2017 in Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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Sign up for our annual “Skinny” award dinner now!

Note New Venue! It’s that time of year again! Our 2017 Annual Skinny Award Dinner will be held Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30 PM at Casa La Femme, 140 Charles St., in Greenwich Village in Manhattan. We will be serving a three course dinner with wine, and will honor those individuals who gave us the […]

May 31, 2017 in Uncategorized by

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