Now, this again seems up to districts, if you're correct. Which is a little to ad hoc to be a very good plan, imho. Secondly, two years of overcrowded classrooms isn't a plus.
Millions of public school students across the nation are seeing their class sizes swell because of budget cuts and teacher layoffs, undermining a decades-long push by parents, administrators and policy makers to shrink class sizes.
“When you have a class size that’s even 40, it’s too large,” Kobaissi said. “You can never really get to each student and find out their needs and weaknesses. Oftentimes, with a class like 56, it’s hard even to be personal enough to memorize all their names.”
Teacher layoffs raise class-size tensions | Tihik.Com News
Class sizes will more than likely increase since the layoffs include 354 teachers, and students will undoubtedly be using old textbooks, according to Superintendent Gregory Thornton.
These drastic cuts are a result of Gov. Scott Walker’s two-year budget plan which was signed on Sunday. This plan cut spending to schools by approximately $200 less per student. With roughly 82,000 students attending Milwaukee Public Schools, this plan cut $182,000 from their district’s budget.
Ouch, right? The sad truth is that these kinds of cuts are occurring everywhere in our nation. Let’s look at Detroit where they face the same difficult dilemma but were able to find an alternative to laying off teachers.
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