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Opinion: De Blasio Must Put Reducing Class Sizes at Top of His Agenda

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Two early childhood experts urge New York City's mayor to put his money where the research is: small class sizes help all kids learn better.
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Play Nice: NYC Panel Recommends Space-Sharing Tactics for Schools

Friday, October 31, 2014

A panel appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio said the process of siting schools needs to be more transparent from the get go. 
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Budget Group Releases Extensive Schools Data

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The IBO analysts have made sense of reams of numbers and graphs in their second survey of New York City schools data. One factoid: 83 percent of public school students in 2011-2012 were born in the United States while the remaining 17 percent hail from 197 other countries or territories. Another one: average class sizes increased in kindergarten through eighth grades by varying degrees. In first and second grade, it was about one student per class while seventh and eighth grades increased on average by 0.1 students per class.

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Candidates Answer to Cobble Hill Parents

Friday, May 03, 2013

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Four democratic candidates for mayor, all with overlapping views on the New York City school system, took questions from parents at P.S. 29 Thursday night. The forum, moderated by Diane Ravitch, was a chance for candidates and parents alike to voice their frustration toward the current administration's policies.

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Duncan Emphasizes Teacher Quality Over Class Sizes

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

During the final presidential debate on Monday, President Obama gave a sliver of air time to the idea of class size. And on a visit to Brooklyn on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan agreed that classes would be smaller "in an ideal world," but reiterated the administration's stance that having a good teacher matters more than how many students are in the classroom.

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Diane Ravitch Has Questions for the Cuomo Commission

Friday, January 06, 2012

Diane Ravitch, a professor of education and frequent critic of the school reform movement, says New York state's school system is in trouble. She poses seven questions for a commission that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says he will form to look into student achievement and school accountability.

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Callers Take Issue With Mayor's Teacher Comments

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

WNYC listeners weigh in on the controversy stirred up last week by the mayor's comments about doubling class sizes, doubling teacher salaries and firing half of the city's teacher force. One teacher said no matter how good a teacher was, it would be impossible to handle much larger classes, much less all the paperwork generated.

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Hypothetically, What Would Your Ideal School System Look Like?

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was speaking hypothetically last week when he said his ideal school system, which he also said could never be attained, would have teachers of the highest quality (and highly paid), even if it meant fewer of them and class sizes double what they are now. What is your ideal school system, hypothetically speaking?

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If Teaching Improves, Bloomberg Says Large Classes Are Fine by Him

Friday, December 02, 2011

UPDATED | In a talk at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this week, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said he would choose higher quality teachers over smaller class sizes: “If I had the ability, which nobody does really, to just design a system and say, ex cathedra, 'this is what we’re going to do,’ you would cut the number of teachers in half, but you would double the compensation of them, and you would weed out all the bad ones and just have good teachers. And double the class size with a better teacher is a good deal for the students."

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State Education Commissioner Vows More Teacher Support

Friday, November 18, 2011

New York's education commissioner John B. King told the WNYC host Brian Lehrer that New York education officials plan to bring schools up to higher standards and use more flexibility when they evaluate schools and distribute money. Listen to the interview and his response to listeners' questions on test scores, cheating and teacher performance.

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Class Sizes Grew Again, New City Figures Show

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Another year of cuts to schools' budgets has brought with it an anticipated rise in class sizes across the city, with elementary schools seeing the biggest increase, according to city figures. There are now, on average, two more kindergartners per class than there were in 2008, and roughly three more third graders per class from three years ago.

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Larger Class Sizes Ahead, Walcott Warns

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

In his opening statement at a town hall-style meeting in the Bronx, Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott noted his department’s serious budget constraints, including a new round of cuts that will reduce school financing by millions of dollars.

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3,500 Classes With Too Many Students

Monday, September 12, 2011

More children are being squeezed into classrooms this year, with 3,500 classes already recorded that are over the contractual limits for middle and high schools, the Daily News reports. Fewer city schools are on the "persistently dangerous" list this year, down to 9 from 12, according to the New York Post. A Brooklyn school honors 9/11 victims today.

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