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Editorial on K-3 Class Size Reduction

Original post made by Stacey, Amberwood/Wood Meadows, on Jun 19, 2009

"State should consider suspending K-3 class-size reduction" Web Link

"The question facing our leaders in Sacramento is not whether to reduce K-12 spending, but where to make the least damaging cuts.

That determination should be based on an objective assessment of the cost effectiveness, not necessarily the popularity, of school programs. Those that are costly but do not deliver proportional measurable benefits should be the ones to cut first."

"blanket class-size reduction was inefficient and wasteful and that it should be limited to disadvantaged and special-needs children."

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Posted by Still waiting
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2009 at 10:22 pm

First, I'm not speaking about Measure G or PUSD.

My concern with this is that two key pieces of legislation were enacted after CSR in 1996:

1) 1999 California Public Schools Accountability Act resulting in the Academic Performance Index (API)

2) 2002 Standards Based Education Reform through No Child Left Behind (NCLB) resulting in the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) testing benchmark.

Education has changed a lot as a result - going back in time and increasing class sizes may have drastic implications that aren't understood in a contemporary test driven, standards based world. I understand the state is running out of money and time but I have to believe this is one more step in the wrong direction for the kids. I'm not even talking about the kids in our area but in areas in which education can mean the difference between hope or that annual $49,000 per inmate tax burden the Governor mentioned last month.

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