• Petitioned Mayor Bloomberg

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Mayor of the city of New York
Mayor Bloomberg
Chair, NYC Council Finance Committee
Council Member Dominic Recchia
Speaker of the NYC Council
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn

Tell Mayor Bloomberg and NYC Council not to cut our schools and classrooms!

    1. Petition by

      Class Size Matters

Mayor Bloomberg proposes to cut $350 million directly from  the classroom, by removing 6,000 teachers from our schools through attrition and layoff.  This would mean cuts to all schools and would lead to the sharpest rises in class size in over thirty years. 

Arts, music, performing arts, physical education, career and technical education, libraries and intervention services would also be hard hit. The Mayor's budget represents a major step backwards in New York's commitment to quality education and is morally unconscionable.

We are calling on Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council to invest in school improvement, not cut programs, increase class sizes or take teachers out of the classroom.

Please sign the petition below, and feel free to edit the letter and add your own comments about your child's school and why you think this is important.   

After you sign,  if you are diverted to another petition about "saving great teachers," be forewarned; this is Michelle Rhee's petition -- aimed not at avoiding layoffs or larger classes, but at eliminating seniority protections for teachers.


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    1. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Elizabeth Lynch BRENTWOOD, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      There is significant research to support small class size, education that includes the arts, libraries in elementary schools, basically, everything that you are looking to eliminate in the interest of saving money! Destroying our public school system so the corporate owned, for profit charter schools can take over (usually in public school buildings) is unconscionable! You are no friend to education, and by extension, no friend to the children of the city you were elected to lead. For once, do the right thing for the children of NYC, and not for your millionaire cronies! Shame on you, Mayor Bloomberg, when it comes to education, I give you a grade of "F"!!!

    • Valerie Kathawala APT. 3C, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      Our family's ability to stay in NYC as an engaged, contributing member of the city's shrinking middle class DEPENDS upon the availability of high-quality public education to our three children.

    • E. M. Young BRONX, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      I have a special needs child that needs to have a smaller class size, this last school year 2010-2011 she had 36 children in her inclusive class. the year before they had 32 children and a larger classroom. This year they had more children and a smaller classroom, does this make any sense. How do you expect the children to perform at their best if they are on top of each other. This is a disgrace.

    • Jim Corona NY, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      Education is not for you to 'play' with. I'm a veteran who's tired of our country failing intellectually around the globe! I love parks, I can live without 'perfect' parks. We can't live with substandard education for another day. Wake up please & get this right!

      • over 3 years ago

      Cutting teachers hurts kids, which hurts the future of NYC.


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