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Board of Education decides to maintain class sizes

Original post made on Jul 19, 2011

Class size in the K-3 grades will remain at 26 students while the number of students in freshman English and math classes will decrease from 28 to 26. The recommendation from the district was made based on better-than-projected state revenues, continuing enrollment growth and financial reserves.

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Comments (7)

Posted by Lili
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 19, 2011 at 8:24 am

Great news!! I am so thrilled to live and work in a community where we value education and can work together to avoid increased class sizes.

Posted by Duffy
a resident of Danville
on Jul 19, 2011 at 8:41 am

Is class size about improving the quality of education for the students or hiring more teachers?

Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Jul 19, 2011 at 4:21 pm

No teachers that I know of have been hired in our area Duffy - only laid off - so please, go get a clue. Purchase one if necessary.

Posted by Duffy
a resident of Danville
on Jul 20, 2011 at 8:43 am

Derek -
It was a question. You answered it. The snarky comment was unnecessary!

Posted by Dorthy
a resident of Blackhawk
on Jul 20, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Nice. A better student/teacher ratio for applying the "5 C's of 21st century learning":
critical thinking(it is soooo interesting when second graders analyze transformational grammar), communication(content- nothing; presentation- everything), creativity(writers, scientists, artists create that stuff out of air- no substantial/prior knowledge base necessary), curiosity(passively implemented?), and collaboration(it is easier and quicker to evaluate a group project than hold individuals accountable.)

And. Explanation, please. Wasn't the past principal of MVHS criticized for how money was allocated? Am I to understand from the technology post that money is being spent from one silo(bonds) on the 20th(yes, 20th) century technology for the various schools so that money from energy savings may be channeled to the general fund?

Posted by C. R. Mudgeon
a resident of Danville
on Jul 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Putting aside the question of whether class-size reduction is more for the students, or for the teachers/union, I am still happy to see that class size is staying the same for next year, and even declining a bit for freshmen English and math classes.

What I would like to see, however, as a follow-up, is a comparison of the pink-slip notices that were passed out last March (as warnings of potential lay-offs), versus the actual actions taken for this Fall. Basically a simple table, showing:

- teachers on-roll at end of the 2010-2011 school year (June 2011)
- number of pink-slips issued in March 2011 (or whenever they get issued in the Spring, as required by law)
- actual number of teachers laid off for the start of the 2011-2012 school year (could also include retirements and other voluntary departures)
- teachers on-roll as of September, 2011

This could also be extended to include administration headcount and other staff.

I understand that state law and union collective bargaining agreements require the district to issue pink slips in the Spring, to anyone who MIGHT be laid off by the Fall. But I also think that the number of pink slips issued is always MUCH larger than actual lay-offs, and in fact there may not be any lay-offs in most years. So it becomes mostly a stunt for garnering public support for more taxes.

This information should be published yearly - it's pretty basic, and as both taxpayers and residents of the district, we should have this info at our disposal.

Posted by C. R. Mudgeon
a resident of Danville
on Jul 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Brief adder - I should also have included "new hires" in my requested table of school district headcount changes.

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