Reduce class sizes in New York City - seize this once-in-a-generation opportunity

All NYC elected officials and the DOE

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear: Class size is a public health issue. The City Council is considering a bill that would set new limits on the number of students allowed in city classrooms in the wake of COVID-19. Help us ensure that the City Council passes this legislation and that the DOE follows through on the opportunity to reduce class sizes in New York City.

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We have always known that reducing class size is integral to student achievement, teacher retention and equitable schools, but it’s now also become an issue of public health.

We must learn from the pandemic and take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses in the future. It’s time to recognize that we need safe classroom occupancy limits.

Smaller class sizes are already the norm in many parts of New York. Our students deserve the same opportunities as the rest of the students in the state. For the first time in decades, we have a significant amount of federal and state education aid that could be used to hire the staff and secure the space to lower class sizes in every school if the bill becomes law.

We urge you to pass this important legislation and make lower class sizes a reality in New York City.