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Bid to Boost School Class Sizes Postponed

Capo Unified holds off on requesting a state waiver to allow more students per teacher this fall.

Two weeks after that could have paved the way for more students per classroom, the now plans to indefinitely postpone any public hearings on the idea.

After learning that the state Board of Education won't consider requests to exceed maximum classroom sizes until September, CUSD announced on its website that the district would spend more time "to determine if there’s a need to increase class size and to explore ways to avoid such an increase."

So, instead of at CUSD's upcoming Board of Trustee meeting, officials will wait. If the district later decides bigger class sizes are needed to cut spending, trustees will hold a public hearing.

"The state board will retroactively approve class size waivers after actual increases have been implemented," so there is no need to for CUSD to immediately request higher student-to-teacher ratios, the district said.

Penny Arévalo May 10, 2012 at 05:10 AM
The May revise numbers for the upcoming state budget are due out next week.
randy May 10, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Yeparoo - glad this has been brought up. "Feel good," that is. Good point. I m still surprised San Marcos High School's overall result with certain student population.
Pam Sunderman May 10, 2012 at 06:08 AM
All they need is the technology to support them. And keep in mind the half-life of hardware and software. Technology is not cheap and it needs continuous updating...on a yearly basis. Paper may become obsolete but that is more of an ecological savings.
shelly May 10, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Yeparoo, The economy tanked. There is less money coming to schools. Salaries and benefits did not increase during this time. They were cut. If CTA controlled everything why does the eduction budget get cut year after year. Why wouldn't CTA cut other things to maintain their salaries and benefits and members? When teacher jobs are cut the CTA membership goes down and so less money to CTA. Your theory makes no sense. The economy tanked. Edcation budget was cut. People are looking for a scapegoat instead looking to what they can individually do to help the children of their community. Communities who have done well during crisis pull together and find solutions. We all know that teachers, administrators and staff will take a cut. But what part is our responsibility when what we are paying in is not covering what we want and need?
shelly May 10, 2012 at 02:14 PM
CUSD has good schools. Most of us are happy with our neighborhood schools or the schools we have the freedom to choose. We want to work and contribute to a solutions. Most people are not looking to vouchers or charters. We want to keep the choice of our community schools intact. CUSD has over 50,000 children it is responsible for educating. These are the children of our community. These children come from all different demographics. Poor, rich, middle income, immigrants, ESL, GATE, special needs, college educated parents, high school drop out parents, broken homes, etc. These are the children of our community and we, as citizens and members of this community, are all ultimately responsible.

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