Reports & Memos

Problems with the school planning and siting process in NYC

Check out the presentation below that summarizes the problems with the dysfunctional school planning and siting process in NYC and the deficiencies of the Nov. 2016 capital plan.

February 21, 2017 in Reports & Memos, Updates 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 […]

February 21, 2017 in 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 by District

Here are the K-8 class size trends for all districts in New York City from 2007 to 2016. Class Size Trends by District District 1 District 2 District 3 District 4 District 5 District 6 District 7 District 8 District 9 District 10 District 11 District 12 District 13 District 14 District 15 District 16 District 17 […]

January 6, 2017 in 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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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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