- Here is our updated fact sheet on class size in NYC schools, including the union class size limits, the goals that DOE originally promised to achieve by this year, and what you can do if your child’s class size exceeds either of those levels. Take a look.
- Most important: parents, teachers and administrators: please fill out a 2 minute survey about the class sizes in your school. It is critical that I have as much information as possible so I can help. All information will remain fully confidential unless you signal otherwise.
Already this year we have heard about classes of 60 in Brooklyn; about DOE pressing special needs kids into much larger classes than they need because of the new inclusion initiative. The administration is also spending precious time and resources expanding online programs like the “School of One,” which despite its name features up to one hundred kids in one room, who spend most of their time on computers – with no evidence that this model actually help kids learn. Meanwhile, a new private school plans to open in NYC with a class size of one.
In this city and nation, we are increasingly moving toward a two-tier system: where the wealthy will send their kids to private schools with tiny classes and our public schools will feature huge classes where students will receive their instruction primarily online. This will be euphemistically be labelled “personalized” learning, but without any actual people involved and no research to back it up.