Please use the additional state and federal funds to provide our kids with the smaller classes they will need next year!

NYC Mayor de Blasio and the City Council

With about $7 billion in additional federal funds coming to our schools for the next two years, and $530 million more in state funds, increasing to $1.6 billion annually in three years, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to reduce class size and create smaller classes -- which our kids will need more than ever before, for the sake of social distancing and stronger emotional and academic support. Please sign our petition to the Mayor and the City Council to make your voice heard!   For more information, check out our fact sheet here.

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New York, NY

To: NYC Mayor de Blasio and the City Council
From: [Your Name]

NYC schools are due to receive nearly $7 billion over the next two years in federal funds, and more than $500 million in additional state funds, rising to $1.6 billion annually over the next three years in increased foundation aid.

The additional foundation aid is the result of the decision in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit, in which the state's highest court said NYC students were denied their constitutional right to a sound basic education, in part because their classes were too large. Their excessive class sizes were central to the court's judgement, and yet class sizes have not diminished since that decision was made.

I, along with other parents, educators, students and concerned citizens, urge you to allocate $1 billion of these funds towards hiring additional teachers to lower class size, focused especially on the early grades and in schools whose communities bore a disproportionate impact of the pandemic. This would also help with social distancing to ensure safety, and would provide the academic and social support that our kids will need next year more than ever before.

One billion dollars could pay for the salaries of about 10,000 new teachers, which could reduce class size in as many as 40,000 classrooms – as adding a new teacher lowers class size for all the other students in a school in the same grade or subject.

In addition, DOE should hire 1,108 more school counselors and 1,456 more social workers, which would increase the number of those positions to one for every 250 students - the recommended guidelines for these professions. This would cost another estimated $365 million, which would still leave billions of additional state and federal funds for other uses.

Yours sincerely,