More evidence of need to reform the NYC school planning process in the February 2017 Capital Plan

April 19, 2017 Chronic failures with school planning and siting have resulted in overcrowding citywide. These power points listed below reveal how that latest data from the School Construction Authority’s 2015-2016 “Blue Book” indicate that more than half (56%) of NYC schools are overcrowded (at or over 100% of target utilization). Over half a million […]

April 19, 2017 in Updates by

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Amazing evening: parents and teacher sit in at CPE 1 demand meeting with Mayor & principal’s removal

Yesterday afternoon I attended an amazing School Leadership Team meeting at Central Park East I, the renowned East Harlem progressive elementary school founded in 1974  by Debbie Meier.  Since Monica Garg was appointed the principal last year, the school has devolved into angry accusations by parents, teachers and alumnae that she is intent on undermining […]

April 7, 2017 in Uncategorized, Updates by

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Rally vs Cuomo tomorrow & how DOE’s charter “partnership” is being used to raise the cap

Tomorrow Wed. April 5 at 4:30 PM we will rally outside Governor Cuomo’s office at 633 3rd Ave. (40th/41st), to protest his refusal to adequately fund our public schools and his insistence on expanding charters and raising their funding.  Please join us; come with your kids and bring signs! The NY state budget is deadlocked […]

April 4, 2017 in Updates by

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Important update on NY state budget and College Board threat to student privacy

April 3, 2017 1.  The NY state budget is stalled and will be late for the first time in years. The deadlock appears to be related to education funding for our public schools vs. charter schools, and whether the cap on charter schools will be lifted. As usual, the Assembly Democratic majority wants to fully […]

April 3, 2017 in Newsletters, Uncategorized, Updates 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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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 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  District 18 District 19 District 20 District 21 District 22 District 23 […]

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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