Issues


money for our schools

By law, our schools should have a lot more money than they do.

New York State owes New York City $2.3 billion to provide our children with an equal education under the New York State Constitution. This ruling was made by the NYS Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, in 2006.

Find out how much money your school is owed at: cfemoneyowednys.org


class size

Reducing class size is one of the few strategies that has been shown to increase learning for all students. Yet schools across the country have seen increases in class size in recent years.

 

In New York City, we have class size limits because of the teachers’ union contract. These limits are as follows:

 

Pre-Kindergarten: 18 students with a teacher and a paraprofessional

Kindergarten: 25 students

Grades 1-6 in elementary schools: 32 students by contract

JHS/MS (all grades 4 – 8 or 5 – 9, if are located in a middle school, then middle school class size applies): 33 students in non-Title I schools; 30 in Title I schools.

HS: 34 students; 50 in Physical Education/Gym.

http://www.uft.org/faqs/what-are-class-size-limits-my-grade

 

 

In 2007 the Contracts for Excellence law required to reduce NYC class size as follows, but these targets were never met, making NYC out of compliance with this law.

 

K-3rd grade: 20 students

4th – 8th grade: 23 students

9th – 12th grade: 25 students

 

More information: classsizematters.org

 

 

 

 

 


State tests

The NY State English Language Arts (April 5, 6, & 7) and Math (April 13, 14 & 15) tests DON’T COUNT FOR STUDENT PROMOTION, GRADES, OR MOST MIDDLE SCHOOL OR HIGH SCHOOL ADMISSIONS.  Yet test preparation is the main focus of our schools. 

 

Opting out is the best statement parents can make that we want a rich curriculum that teaches our children to be DECISION MAKERS—NOT JUST TEST TAKERS.

 

WHY DID 200,000 NY STATE PARENTS OPT-OUT IN 2015?

 

1)   Too much test prep, not enough teaching

When schools are judged almost entirely by test scores, the tests become the focus of education. Math and English crowd out any time for gym, art, music, recess, and even science, and our children are given unhealthy amounts of homework and become stressed-out over school.

 

2)   The tests are not useful.

The exam questions are so poorly written that a statement of 545 NY State principals noted that many teachers and principals could not agree on the correct answers. We cannot see the tests and they do not tell us what our children really know.

 

3)   Our tax money is being wasted.

New York State is paying millions to test companies like Pearson while starving our schools of the funding we need in order to have smaller class sizes.

 

4)   Parent voices are making a difference!

The huge numbers who opted out last year led President Obama and Governor Cuomo to change their opinion on testing. Lets keep refusing these damaging tests!

 

HELP MAKE OUR SCHOOLS BETTER! OPT-OUT!

Tell the principal in writing that you intend to “refuse” the tests on behalf of your child. For more information, visit changethestakes.org and optoutnyc.com

 

 

 


ARTS AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION

We have New York State laws that require a certain amount of arts and PE instruction. Most NYC schools are not following these laws.

 

For example, children in grades 1 through 3 should be receiving ONE HOUR PER DAY of arts instruction equally allocated in music, art, dance and theater.

 

K-6 students must participate in PE for at least 120 minutes per week.

 

Arts requirements:

[http://schools.nyc.gov/offices/teachlearn/arts/nysartsrequirements.html]

 

Gym requirements:

 

http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/C7D11638-1215-4D03-9E81-57A74C26FEFD/0/WQRSPEESRequirements.pdf

 

 

 

Style Editor Options


PLAY IN KINDERGARTEN

Chancellor Farina: “Anyone who has heard me speak in the last two years – kindergarten is play. Play is work. That’s what kindergartners do. They can do other things as well – they can be introduced to phonics – but you learn by playing, the same way that pre-k is very hands-on doing.

 

Superintendents have heard me say this over and over again – there has to be play in kindergarten – not all day all the time, but it has to be part of it.”  –Town Hall, 12/12/15


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