Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Shino Tanikawa on how Fair Student Funding system works against class size reduction and how small classes would facilitate integration

Testimony from Feb. 28 class size hearings at City Hall from Shino Tanikawa, a NYC public school parent leader. Shino is a member of the Fair Student Funding (FSF) taskforce, and  discusses the difficult decisions principals must make regarding class size when the FSF system devised by DOE incentivizes them to overcrowd their schools and keep class sizes large.

Also a member of the School Diversity Advisory Group, Shino explains how how smaller classes would make it easier for teachers to reach all their students and develop close relationships with them, no matter their background and academic level. Shino co-authored an oped in the Daily News on this subject last spring.

 Below the video is her written testimony.

Testimony of Shino Tanikawa at Class Size Hearings on Feb. 28 from Class Size Matters on Vimeo.

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