Talk Out of School

History of the new class size law & the Class Size Working Group

Episode Summary

After a brief recap of NYC school news, Leonie's guest this week is Johanna Garcia, parent activist, the chief of staff to Sen. Robert Jackson and the co-chair of the Parent Coalition for Student Privacy, which was appointed by Chancellor Banks to help develop a class size reduction plan in accordance with the new state law. She spoke about the history and background of the class size law, how it came out of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit, and the Class Size Working Group's preliminary proposals that will be presented starting this week for public feedback.

Episode Notes

Chalkbeat, COVID guidance for NYC schools

UNESCO report, An Ed Tech Tragedy?

NY Times article about the UNESCO report

Class Size Matters presentation on the ways DOE is putting student privacy at risk

Class Size Matters testimony on dangers of DOE plans to expand online learning and ed tech

FAQ on the new state class size law

Class Size Working Group (CSWG) public engagement sessions to present their proposals for feedback:

Tuesday, September 26th – 5- 7:30pm online (Manhattan/Brooklyn);
Wednesday, September 27th – 5- 7:30pm online (Queens/Bronx/Staten Island)
Monday, October 2nd –  5- 7:30pm in person at MLK Campus Auditorium, 122 Amsterdam Ave, Manhattan  (Citywide) .
Register for these sessions here:

More information on the CSWG and their proposals here: