The struggling economy has, unfortunately, forced state and local governments across the country to make cuts in much needed services and programs. The nation’s public schools have been hit particularly hard by these cuts. First, some districts reduced or completely eliminated physical education classes and arts programming–programming that has been proven to enhance student academic performance. Then, others began to eliminate teachers, slowly growing classrooms sizes. Now, it seems even more school districts are looking to reduce the number of teachers on the payroll and combine classrooms…all in an effort to save money.
A recent article in the New York Times shed light on this disturbing movement toward larger class sizes. According to the article, the size of 11th and 12th grade classes in Los Angeles has increased by more than 40 students