Welcome back to a new school year! I hope you are refreshed and energized as we have a very busy year ahead.
A new capital plan will be introduced that will determine whether we will have the room to finally eliminate overcrowding in our schools or significantly reduce class size. The Mayor is making a big push to lobby the legislature to renew Mayoral control, by helping form a new political operation that expects to raise $20 million. He is also apparently considering trying to overturn term limits. All of these factors will determine the future of our schools for years to come, and as parents, we have to make sure that our voices are heard and our views seriously considered in whatever decisions are made.
In addition, an important Presidential election will also be held just two months from now. A couple of years ago, Class Size Matters teamed up with a parent organization in
We're joining forces again to get a message out to the Democrat and Republican presidential candidates about the key reforms that as parents and stakeholders we believe are needed in our schools.
While more access to health care and quality afterschool is important, we believe that there are miles to go before classroom conditions in most high-needs urban schools begin to rival those offered by the schools that wealthier kids attend, and until we start to provide some of the same educational opportunities to all our children, we haven’t even begun to see their potential in improving outcomes.
As such, we're asking you to sign on to the letter above. It calls for a major federal effort to eliminate school overcrowding, provide smaller classes and more guidance counselors in high-needs schools, ensure that all students receive a rich curriculum, including more arts and high-quality assessments that are primarily classroom-based, and encourage parental involvement in decision-making.
Please let us know if you’d like to sign on by contacting us at classsizematters@
Too often the parent voice is the last to be heard in these debates, if at all; let’s make sure that this time, we speak out loudly and clearly for the sake of our kids.