Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Protest Cuomo tomorrow on Long Island; and urge Chancellor Fariña to reduce class size

Class Size Matters
Dear folks,

1.  Join us tomorrow morning, Thursday May 22, to protest Governor Cuomo’s budget slashing/pro-corporate policies in education.  He is due to be re-nominated tomorrow as Governor on Long Island, and the President is supposed to be there as well. Here is more information about this event, including why Cuomo’s policies have been so damaging to our schools.  To reserve a seat on a bus leaving from NYC and Lower Hudson tomorrow morning, please click here.

2.  On Monday night, at a Town hall meeting, I read a letter co-signed by parent leaders, asking Chancellor Fariña to comply with the law and  the Mayor’s campaign promises by reducing class size, especially as they are now the largest in 15 years in the early grades.  Smaller classes are the #1 priority of NYC parents, and the state’s highest court said they were needed for our children to receive their constitutional right to an adequate education.  A video of Chancellor’s response, including why she thinks class sizes can be too small, is on our blog here.

Please sign a petition  to the Chancellor and the Mayor, urging them to comply with the law, listen to parents and what research shows works, and include a realistic plan to lower class size in their Contracts for Excellence proposal, due June 16.


Leonie Haimson
Executive Director
Class Size Matters
124 Waverly Pl.
New York, NY 10011

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