(Here’s something from Diane Ravitch’s Blog that bears repeating, for reasons that I assume are obvious. Both Diane Ravitch and the author of this post, Leonie Haimson, have done much to keep the problem of class size front and center in educational policy discourse.”
Leonie Haimson, executive director of Class Size Matters, sent out the following bulletin:
It was just revealed that Congress is due to vote on an education budget early this week which would cut Title IIA funds by $300 million. President Trump’s budget would eliminate these funds altogether for the following year.
Please write Congress today: Urge them NOT to cut Title IIA funds – which many districts use to keep teachers on staff to prevent further class size increases. In NYC, $101 million of these funds are used to keep approximately 1000 teachers on staff.
As I explained in a recent piece in Alternet, districts throughout the country have already lost thousands of teaching positions since the Great Recession which were never replaced — increasing class sizes in many schools to sky-high levels.
For more on the myriad, proven benefits of smaller classes, check out our research summary here…
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