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Published: Tuesday, March 5 2013 3:00 p.m. MST

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Steve Cottrell
Centerville, UT

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

Mcallen, TX

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

Salt Lake City, UT

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

Deep Space 9, Ut

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.

Mcallen, TX

Class size shouldn't matter!

Standardized testing will fix things.

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