May 12, 1988 |
After lengthy discussion over the issue of class size at Monday's work session, the Great Valley school board's nine members informally decided among themselves against writing a policy that would put a cap on class sizes. Board President George Sees listed a number of what he called "perceptions" about the class-size issue - ranging from an idea that class sizes at Sugartown Elementary School were deliberately set at 29 to the idea that money was not in issue. He and other board members then sought to clear up some of these matters.
May 25, 2012 |
For years, teachers and parents have insisted that smaller class sizes are crucial to kids' educational success. On Thursday, Mitt Romney visited Philadelphia and politely said they were mistaken. And on Friday, passions erupted - among partisans and professionals, from city classrooms to City Hall to Cherry Hill. "Out of touch with reality," Mayor Nutter fumed about the presumptive GOP nominee. "Just plain wrong," said Steve Baker, spokesman for the New Jersey teachers union.
August 30, 2001
THERE IS no more convenient whipping boy for critics of failing public schools than the teachers unions. People who can't agree on anything else in the public school debate agree that the teachers unions are part of the problem because they care more about teachers than they do about teaching. But the one thing that teachers unions have been consistently right about is the value of smaller classes. So, it's no surprise that the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers' was the first voice heard when the Philadelphia School District announced plans to relieve a shortage of substitute teachers in a way that could increase class size.
December 4, 1997 |
When teachers and the William Penn school board were stalled in lengthy negotiations that led to a strike last year, one of the sticking points was class size. Growing enrollment was crowding classrooms, teachers said, hurting the quality of education in the district. But there was no money or space for the additional classrooms and staff that the teachers wanted, the school board said. Only by agreeing to set up a class-size committee that would make recommendations for solving the problem did the two sides settle the issue.
March 11, 1998 |
When it comes to class size in public schools, most everyone agrees smaller is better at the primary level. It's no different at the Wissahickon School District. At a Monday night meeting, a 23-member committee proposed that even smaller classes be permitted in kindergarten through third grade. Under current administrative guidelines, kindergarten classes are limited to 22 students, and first through third grade to 25. The committee recommended new class-size guidelines that include the same maximums but also establish minimums: Kindergarten and first grade: 18 to 22 students.
April 6, 2001 |
A state regulatory board yesterday approved rules that some parents and teachers say could curtail services for many of the 220,000 special-education students across Pennsylvania. Among other changes, the regulations would allow districts to eliminate class-size limits for such things as resource room work, during which mildly disabled students get extra help. "Under current regulations, eight kids could come to a resource room at a time," said Liz Stanley-Swope of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, which opposed the new rules.
June 4, 1999 |
Instead of approving vouchers, Pennsylvania legislators should invest at least $50 million to reduce class size in the most impoverished school districts, according to a report released yesterday by a Harrisburg think tank. The analysis of class-size experiments in Tennessee and Wisconsin, sponsored by the Keystone Research Center - which is partially funded by the state's teachers' unions - showed that poor students who were in classes of no more than 15 students in kindergarten through grade three continued to benefit academically through high school.
June 1, 1998 |
In Pennsylvania today, a lot of time and energy is being used to talk about public education - from arguing about governance and budgets to threats to close or take over the schools. You might think there was no agreement about what works in public education or that people everywhere disagree about the importance of smaller class size, better trained teachers, schools that are safe and provide enough books and computers to prepare students for their future and that are accountable for the education they provide and the funding they receive.
January 30, 1992 |
Parents of Coopertown Elementary students are worried that increased class size will prevent their children from learning, they told the Haverford Township school board at the board's meeting last Thursday night. First-grade class size at the school has increased nearly a third - from under 20 students in last year's classes to 27 students in some classes this year. "It is a teacher-to-student ratio that is not the best for the children," said Fran Peltier, former president of the Coopertown Parent-Teacher Organization.
November 13, 1986 |
A group of parents of children enrolled in the Learning Disabled class at Cedarbrook Middle School has succeeded in temporarily blocking a move by the Cheltenham School District to seek state permission to establish a larger- than-allowed class size. Currently, there are 17 students in the class - two more than the state allows. Acting Superintendent Joseph C. Kircher Jr. had wanted to apply to the state Department of Education for permission to increase the maximum from 15 to 17. After hearing the opposing comments of parents of 11 children in the class of 17, the school board voted 9-0 Tuesday to table Kircher's recommendation.