We need small class sizes in our schools!

I have been a public school parent since 1999.  My youngest will be a senior in high school this September.  For both my kids, the smallest class they ever had was in Pre-K which is capped at 18 students.  In Kindergarten, my daughters both enjoyed class size of 20.  But for the rest of their schooling in 5 different schools, their class sizes were between 28 and 34.  I don't need to be an educator to know that these class sizes are too big.  That's why I've been a supporter of Class Size Matters.  

Class Size Matters is owed $7,000 by NY Charities , which recently shut its doors without notifying any of its clients and owing tens of thousands of dollars to non-profits across the state.  CSM is a tiny organization (although its work is mighty - read more about it below) and $7,000 is a huge amount of money that will seriously hinder its activities.  I hope you will help me support CSM so that it can continue the important work. 

Class Size Matters is a non-profit organization that advocates for smaller classes in NYC’s public schools and the nation as a whole. The New York Times has called it the “city’s leading proponent of smaller classes.”  CSM is dedicated to providing information on the significant and wide-ranging benefits of smaller classes, particularly for at-risk children, to boost student learning, engagement, and graduation rates, and lower disciplinary referrals.

CSM also advocates for alleviating school overcrowding, and work for more parent decision-making in the area of education policy, including the ability of parents to protect their children’s privacy and control the disclosure of their personal student data.

The organization’s founder and Executive Director, Leonie Haimson, was a public school parent for 15 years.  She received the John Dewey award from the United Federation of Teachers in 2007, was named one of NYC’s “family heroes”  by NYC Family Magazine in 2009, and was honored as an “Extraordinary Advocate for our Children” by Advocates for Justice in 2012.

In 2014, she received the “Parent Voice” award from Parents Across America for her work defeating inBloom and protecting student privacy.  In 2015, she was named one of the ten most influential people in education technology by Tech and Learning Magazine.

Leonie co-founded and co-chairs the Parent Coalition for Student Privacy [PCSP]  ,  which is a project of Class Size Matters.  PCSP has released two toolkits, one for parents and one for educators , on how to better protect student privacy.  The Coalition has also been invited to testify before Congress twice in recent years on how federal student privacy law should be strengthened.  She also sits on the board of the Network for Public Education. 


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    • $20 
    • 9 mos
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    • $100 
    • 12 mos
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    • $150 
    • 14 mos
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    • $50 
    • 14 mos
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    • $100 
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Fundraising team: Team CSM (2)

Shino Tanikawa 
Raised $600 from 11 donations
New York, NY
Class Size Matters (Csm) 
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Leonie Haimson 
Team member
Raised $1,515 from 18 donations
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