Independent voices of New York City public school parents
Monday, July 6, 2009
Tony Avella on charter schools, Joel Klein, and teaching to the test
At the Working Families Party debate: July 2, 2009
On charter schools:I am absolutely not a fan of charter schools and I never have been. The whole reason they came about was because the regular public schools were failing...Why not fix the schools that are failing."
It would be my pleasure to say to Joel Klein, you are fired! And don't let the door hit you on the way out. And the new board is a disgrace....Why are we not listening to teachers and principals and parents? We have to stop teaching to the test."
Class Size Matters "Skinny" award dinner on June 28, 2023
We honored the great Rep. Jamaal Bowman, former NYC principal, and now fighting in Congress to protect and strengthen our public schools!!
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FAQ on new class size law
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Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie: 518-455-3791, email@example.com
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NYC Council Speaker Adrienne Adams : SpeakerAdams@council.nyc.gov
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Leonie Haimson co-hosts a weekly radio show and podcast called "Talk out of School." that airs live on WBAI-FM 99.5 on Sunday nights at 8 PM EST and also available here as a podcast at talk-out-of-school.simplecast.com/.