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Leonie Haimson

Leonie Haimson is a parent advocate and executive director of Class Size Matters, as well as the founder of the NYC Public School Parent blog.

She is also on the board of Network for Public Education, a new national organization devoted to preserving and improving our public schools.

Leonie Haimson appears in the following:

Opinion: Time to Tackle Class Size

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Longtime advocates for smaller class sizes say now is the ideal time for the city to live up to its 2007 commitment to bring down the number of children in every grade level.

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NYC Parent Sounds Alarm on Student Privacy

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Parent advocate Leonie Haimson wants more New York parents to know that the state has agreed to share sensitive information about their children’s education with a national data-sharing system run by inBloom.  While state and city officials have tried to reassure families that privacy is a top priority for them, concerns remain. She answers some of our questions about inBloom Inc.

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Parents Want Options Beyond a "Trigger"

Friday, September 28, 2012

A parent-activist gave the movie "Won't Back Down" two thumbs down because, among other things, it oversimplifies the choices facing parents today. Most parents don't want to turn their schools over to private operators. Instead, she argues, they want neighborhood schools to have smaller class sizes, more art, music and science, and less time spent on standardized tests.

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The Lessons of Pineapplegate

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

The writer, who broke the story of the pineapple and the hare test question, believes that the state and federal education bureaucracy is becoming inextricably tangled with for-profit testing companies and thus deeply compromised. "Their testing obsession is undermining our schools, not only in this city, but nationally,'' she writes.

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Will Parent Trigger Laws Improve Schools?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

In some states, parents frustrated with the public school system may have a new tool to fix their child’s education. Parent trigger laws, passed in some form in four states already, give dissatisfied parents the power to fire teachers, convert a public school to a charter, or even shut down the school altogether. As one can imagine, such a dramatic solution to the problem of public education has created quite a controversy. Parents and educators alike are asking: should parents have their fingers on the trigger of public education?

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