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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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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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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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Update on Lead in NYC Schools

On Thursday night, I gave a presentation on the capital plan to District 6 CEC.  Since many of the   parents in the district at the meeting were  understandably concerned about the high levels of lead reported in the water of some of their schools — including a finding of 6,620 parts per billion (ppb) […]

February 21, 2017 in Reports & Memos, Updates by

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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 […]

January 23, 2017 in Testimonies & Comments, Updates by

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Class Size Trends 2007 to 2016 Citywide and by District

Powerpoint showing long-term trend of  NYC class sizes updated with Nov. 2016 data. NYC public school K-3 and 4-8 grade class size trends citywide including each district 2007- 2016.  Below are the individual power points for each school district. District 1 District 2 District 3 District 4 District 5 District 6 District 7 District 8 […]

January 6, 2017 in Powerpoints, Updates by

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Research showing the evidence for class size reduction

Here are two research summaries on the evidence for the wide-ranging benefits of class size reduction; the first is for use by any teacher, parent or advocate nationally; the second is meant primarily for residents of New York state. These research briefs are especially useful in advocating for your state or district to use its […]

January 2, 2017 in Reports, Testimonies, Etc., Updates by

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A message from Diane Ravitch about Class Size Matters

December 24, 2016 Dear friend, Please consider donating to Class Size Matters– a remarkably streamlined and effective non-profit on whose board I serve, that relies on the contributions of parents, teachers and concerned citizens just like you. Your support will help the organization continue its work to ensure that all public school students in this […]

January 1, 2017 in Newsletters, Updates 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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