Independent voices of New York City public school parents
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
An appeal from Diane Ravitch
Dear friend –
As a historian, I
have studied reform in NYC and in cities across the nation.
Reform usually means
shaking up the system. Centralize, decentralize, recentralize.
Reorganize the bureaucracy, put the mayor in control, change the
decision-making structure. Hire consultants, hire data analysts, hire
Or reform means
outsource the schools to private entrepreneurs or more standardized
Yet more testing
does not produce more learning or better grades. None of these
so-called reforms barely move the needle, if at all.
Class size reduction
is a far more powerful reform than any of the above. Learning and
behavior improves, especially for children with the greatest needs.
With smaller classes, teachers have the time to do their jobs, and
children get the support they need to thrive.
And yet NYC students
continue to suffer from the largest class sizes in the state.
That’s why I am
proud to sit on the board of Class Size Matters, a non-profit
organization that is the “city’s
leading proponent of smaller classes,” according to the NY
Leonie Haimson, its
executive director, has been tirelessly committed to making sure that
this issue remains in the forefront of policymakers and the public at
large. In the last year, she was named by both City and StateandPolitics NYas
one of the most powerful education leaders in the state. But she needs
That’s why I’m
urging you to make a tax-deductible
donation to Class Size Matters, for the future of NYC public
schools and children. Please give if you can.
Happy holidays and a
wonderful New Year to you and your family,
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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