School board to consider five plans to cut early elementary class sizes
Original post made on Feb 25, 2014
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on Feb 25, 2014 at 9:13 am
To me it just seems like common sense to prioritize class size reductions from the bottom up. Kindergarten is where most children develop foundational skills for reading - this is where they'd benefit the most from more individual attention.
I think the reality is that the district has a difficult time planning for the demand (and therefore knowing how many teachers to hire/classrooms to prepare) in advance as it's pretty common for families to move into Pleasanton the summer before Kindergarten starts. So first grade gets reduced but Kindergarten doesn't. Just because it's tradition doesn't mean it produces the best outcomes for kids.
That being said, from personal experience, Donlon is doing the best it can with limited resources - staggering the Kindergarten start times so that there is time when the teacher only has 15 students - and also using volunteer reading coaches and parent volunteers in the classrooms.
on Feb 25, 2014 at 9:39 am
How about telling us how much it would cost to get back to where we expect to be, as a supposedly strong, well-funded school district?
that is, K-3 at 20! kids per class
This was, after all, what most of us who moved here for the schools were expecting. If the state funding cuts are so draconian, at least show us the numbers, not these half-measures.
on Feb 25, 2014 at 10:59 pm
Really great news!! So glad to see 25 students in 1-3. Thanks to all who have worked so hard to make this a priority! CSR is not where it should be yet but it's a big step in the right direction.