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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Vote on eliminating reporting on class size and TCUs postponed

The mayor has established a Report & Advisory Board Review Commission through a charter amendment, which is supposed to decide which legally-mandated reporting requirements should be eliminated.  The Commission has a majority of mayoral appointees and has the authority to override city law.

DOE proposed the elimination of the  November class size report and the annual report on TCUs or school trailers, making claims about how the later class size report in February was more “accurate” (which registers lower class sizes esp. in HS, after thousands of students have dropped out or been discharged from school) and  how the TCU data is  replicated in the Blue Book, or that somehow this data was not “useful”.  I refuted these bogus claims in my comments to the Commission here and here.

Elizabeth Weinstein, the Mayor’s head of the Office of Operations and the Chair of the Commission, was supposed to announce today by 5 PM which reports and commissions she supports eliminating; with the vote of the entire Commission supposed to occur on Oct. 30.
Yet today, the Commission sent out an email, saying the vote would be postponed until November 19, and the chair will now announce her position no later than November 12 at 5 PM, to be posted on the Commission website at

The latest public comments are posted here: If you’d like to send in your comments on whether the DOE should be allowed to eliminate these reporting requirements, you can email <>.

Below is a letter sent yesterday to the Commission from the NYC Comptroller’s office. 

Letter Re Class Size and TCU Reporting

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