Parents and concerned community members will talk to the school board tonight about the importance of lowering class sizes for all the grades in K-3. 1st grade class sizes have already been lowered from 30-1 to 25-1 as the school board decided to commit funding for this in addition to the money that PPIE produced (from fundraising, the Run for Education and Bon Appetit) for this measure.
Parents have started a grassroots effort to help fund lower class sizes now for grades 2, K and 3 and will ask the school board to discuss this properly at their next meeting. The school board indicated that last year not enough parents showed up to say they cared about CSR (despite the PPIE survey that indicated this was the top issue of concern to elementary parents), so show your interest tonight, Tuesday, if this is something you value.
Do not accept that it is in the budget to reduce class sizes from 30-1 to 20-1 for next year - the rules are changing and it is very likely that this will be dropped or implemented VERY slowly - current students don't stand a chance.
If you have not pledged to support CSR, please consider doing so. No money is due now, it will only become due if the school board agrees to reduce the class sizes. It is important that anyone who cares and can afford even a small contribution does so, as the funding is very tight and we need to do what we can to support our kids' education as the politicians are likely to let us down on this important topic. This is not one that only the usual 10-20% can do - it will take more than that.
So please go to the meeting tonight and consider pledging on Web Link if this is something you would like to support. There is a list of supporters and contact people online.