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C4E for Citywide

C4E for Citywide

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Published by: leoniehaimson on Jan 21, 2012
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Contracts for Excellence: 
New York City’s failures and violations of law 
as regards class size 
November 15, 2011
Leonie Haimson, Class Size Matters 
Contracts for Excellence
In April 2007, NY State settled the Campaign for Fiscal lawsuit by passingthe Contracts for Excellence (C4E) law. State agreed to send billions inadditional aid to NYC & other high needs school districts; which they wouldhave to spend in six approved areas, including class size reduction.*
In addition, NYC had to submit a plan to reduce class size in all grades.
In fall of 2007, the state approved DOE’s plan to reduce class sizes on
average to no more than 20 students per class in K-3; 23 in grades 4-8 and25 in core HS classes.
In return, NYS has sent $2.4 billion in C4E funds to NYC since 2007.
*other allowed programs include Time on Task; Teacher & Principal Quality; Middle & HS Restructuring; Full-Day Pre-K; & Model Programs for English Language Learners 
 Yet despite city’s promise, class sizes have risen
sharply in K-3; this year, the 5
year of CSR plan, byone student per class, far above C4E goals
This year’s class size data at
NYC class sizes K-3actuals vs. C4E goals
C4E goalsCitywide actual

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