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Revised class-size reduction bill gets committee approval

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 8, 2013 3:37 p.m.

    Class size shouldn't matter!

    Standardized testing will fix things.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    March 6, 2013 12:01 p.m.

    To "Steve Cottrell" it isn't wishful thinking. We don't have to spend more money to reduce class size. There are 2 easy ways.

    1. Reimburse parents for materials used for homeschooling, up to $2000/yr. Even if only 2 kids per class are removed for homeschooling that leave $4000 more for a smaller class.

    2. Eliminate most non-teaching jobs at the schools. Most elementaries need 1 principal and 1 secretary, 1 librarian, and maybe 2 janators. Everybody else is not needed. In the Jr. Highschools, give them 1 principal, 1 vice principal, 2 secretaries, 1 counselor for every 300 kids, and 3 janators. The Highschools can be run similar to the Jr. High.

    At the district level, get rid of anybody with the title "Specialist" in their name. District should have a superintendant, 2 or human resources people, 2 purchasing agents, a few assistants, and that is about it.

    Do that, and you can get more than 60% of the money that is spent per child to the classroom.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    March 6, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    Is there an oversight follow up to be certain that class sizes are actually reduced?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 5, 2013 5:39 p.m.

    Means more efficient budgeting. Now less paper work for teachers, and we'll really do some improving.

  • Steve Cottrell Centerville, UT
    March 5, 2013 5:22 p.m.

    Notice the requirement to "reduce class size without any new money". Sounds like wishful thinking.