A once-in-a-generation chance to reduce class sizes
Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed into law a landmark piece of legislation that will lower class sizes in every grade in New York City over the next six years.
What city educators are saying about smaller class sizes
- “It's often frustrating to recognize how overcrowded classrooms limit our options in trying to reach every child to thoroughly meet their learning needs. Smaller class sizes for our city's public schools would reduce the risk of overlooking students with profound learning challenges or untapped potential.”
— Greg Monte, Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School, Brooklyn
- "My students have so much potential that at times it's hard to identify it in a classroom with 27 other children."
— Faiza Khalid, PS 36, Manhattan
- “Having a reduced class size would not only benefit the general education student but even more so those who have IEPs or are ENL students. Less students would mean more support for students that really need it."
— Melissa Alvarez, John Bowne, HS, Queens
- “Smaller classes would allow teachers to give their students more targeted instruction. Teachers are stretched thin every day to meet the academic needs of their students and with smaller class sizes we can make a more meaningful impact in the lives of students.”
— Katherine Peña, PS 150, The Bronx