@GoldenGrizz86:Although an elementary school of over 1,000 students
is absurdly large, this does not of necessity indicate that students are being
crammed into classrooms with one adult managing 40-50 students. On average, K-2
classrooms in the State of Utah have between 22 and 24 students per classroom.
Grades 3-6 range from 24-27 students per classroom. Most districts work very
hard to keep the student:teacher ratio as low as possible. What an elementary
school of more than 1,000 students really indicates is the presence of more
highly qualified teachers, para-educators and parent volunteers in the building
overall. The goal remains to keep class sizes as low as possible given current
school funding models from the State Legislature. I do, however agree with your
point that the voters, probably through misinformation and a fear of ANY type of
tax increase have shortchanged the students by not allowing the District to have
sufficient funding to meet projected growth models over the next 10 years.
The charter school numbers simply don't support the allegations of gross
mismanagement at charter schools. Why would parents be lining up to get in if
they are so obviously inferior and poorly managed? They wouldn't, and they
aren't. The point missed here is why should we coerce citizens
into paying more school taxes to support the district schools until all the
parents who would rather send their child to a charter school have them in one?
It is logical that we would be better off investing in the schools parents want
than passing more taxes forcing parents to pay for schools they don't
Paying taxes used to be a patriotic duty. Now its a dirty word.
The problem with overcrowded schools has everything to do with misinformed
voters voting down a measure for a bond. As I recall, it would have added a
mere $25 per month to house taxes per household. (Most people spend more than
that a month on cell phones or movie tickets.) So sad to see see students
packed in like sardines into a classroom. Although everyone is screaming
for charters, it has been my experience that district schools are far better.
Many charters, at least in our area, have poorly trained staff, parent boards
who fire people far too often for small infractions, and/or are not equipped
very well compared to district schools. In fact most teachers in charters do not
stay, mainly due to poor working conditions. Charter schools are full of
teachers with little or no experience. Most parents who try them often
don't stay and come back to their district schools. (Again this is in my
area, not sure about the Jordan School district area.) This does not alleviate
overcrowding problems that everyone likes to shout about!
With thousands of students on waiting lists at local charter schools, the cities
should make agreements with charter organizers and open the schools that are
needed. The district isn't needed to solve the class size problem.These partnerships would also allow the cities to decide where to put
the schools (which has been a sticking point with the cities when trying to work
with the district). In providing charter schools for their families, cities
would also be able to provide some parents what they are hoping for, and these
parents would move their children out of crowded schools, making them less
crowded for those that remain. It would be a win-win-win (cities, parents,
students).It's time for a new paradigm.
Thank you voters for short changing our kids. Sure, let's pack 40-50 kids
into a classroom like sardines. I'm sure they'll learn somehow!