Saturday, September 30, 2017

Patrick Sullivan, Leonie Haimson of Class Size Matters to UFT Leaders: We will Address Concerns About Our Data

Funny how no one from the DOE, the City Council or the Comptroller's office have questioned our data or analysis, but if the UFT leadership or executive board would like to invite us to brief them on it, Patrick and I would be happy to do so.... Leonie Haimson, Class Size Matters

If the UFT leadership questions the validity of Class Size Matters research, I'd like to hear more about their concerns. I'd be happy to speak to them in my capacity as board president of CSM... Patrick Sullivan, Pres of the Board, Class Size Matters
Comments above posted on NYCEducator blog:  Exec. Board September 25 Takeaway--The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

These comments were prompted by Arthur's post:
I presented research done by Class Size Matters and based on DOE stats. Schoor questioned its validity rather than addressing it. In a way, I don't blame him. Class size is out of control, and overcrowding is epidemic. UFT can form committees and study groups from now until Doomsday and the problems won't go away. It's nice that we placed class size into the contract half a century ago, but an update is long overdue. It behooves union leadership to address this crucial issue and they are failing utterly. (Schoor also claimed never to have heard of the 2014 law requiring de Blasio to pay rent for charters, which pretty much made my eyes roll to the back of my head.) .... Arthur Goldstein, NYC Educator
Arthur has written the following letter to Howard Schoor:
Dear Howard,

Patrick Sullivan, the Board President of Class Size Matters, has offered to address your concerns about the research they put forth. I trust you will invite him to our next meeting so that he can clear up any questions you may have.

I eagerly await your response.

Very truly yours,

Arthur Goldstein


Anonymous said...

Sounds like Mr. Schoor doesn't get around much any more. Class Size has been the elephant in the room for years...

NYC Educator said...

Thanks for posting this. I certainly hope they take them up on this offer. It's important for us to be on the right side of this issue. I frequently tell the Exec. Board that, despite the nonsense propagated by reformies, we are the real advocates for city children. Having real discussion over this issue, and even more, doing something about it, would be a great step toward demonstrating who really works for kids in this city.