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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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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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Speaking on Privatization & Marches; & Debate on Charter Schools

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 magerbxv@gmail.com What: Westchester-East Putnam PTA Advocacy Breakfast Where: The Education House, 5 Homeside Lane, White Plains, NY When: Saturday, […]

March 3, 2017 in Newsletters, Uncategorized by

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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 […]

March 3, 2017 in Testimonies & Comments, Uncategorized, Updates by

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School overcrowding and Capital plan briefings Feb. 2017

2017 Presentations on school overcrowding and capital plan Citywide District 1 District 2 District 3 District 4 District 6 District 28  

February 22, 2017 in Powerpoints, Uncategorized, Updates by

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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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Save the date – City Council hearings

February 21, 2017 A week from today, 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 committees on the school siting and planning process As […]

February 21, 2017 in overcrowding, 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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