KQED Forum: Class Size Reduction
Original post made by Stacey, Amberwood/Wood Meadows, on Nov 29, 2009
"A state program that has invested billions to shrink class sizes is coming apart, and the number of kids in many California classrooms is at the highest level in more than a decade. That's according to a new investigation by California Watch, a project of the Center for Investigative Reporting in collaboration with KQED Public Radio. We'll find out how teachers are coping with kindergarten through third grade classes that have as many as 30 students, a situation now common in districts like San Jose and Contra Costa County. Meanwhile, some argue that with pressing budget cuts and inconclusive evidence about the benefit of small class sizes, class size reduction should not be a priority. We explore the debate."
A major point in this program is that in an ideal world we'd have the best teachers teaching in smaller classes. This isn't an ideal world. Resources are limited. How do we invest those resources to the maximum benefit of students?