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Smaller classes in Lodi Unified School District too expensive for now

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Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2013 12:00 am

Creating smaller class sizes is a much talked about idea among teachers in Lodi Unified School District, but district officials say it is too expensive at this time.

Tim Hern, associate superintendent and chief business officer, said the cost of reducing class sizes is higher than most people anticipate.

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  • Mary Ragusa posted at 5:05 pm on Wed, Feb 13, 2013.

    lilragu Posts: 21

    LUSD hides money and has had millions in reserve during this financial crisis. They just choose to spend money on things that are less important than the children...like administrative costs/salaries. Teachers took a big pay cut but not the superintendent or other admins in the ESC!!
    Now we teach elementary with 29-35 children in the room. In some classrooms, a majority of those students speak little to no English. Try as hard as we may and be as educated as we can be (a Masters +) , those little brains cannot learn in the controlled chaos of that many bodies in one room. Some teacher have NO control! With little to no help in the classroom, small reading groups, math groups, etc are out the window. There just is not enough time in the day to get to each and every student. Believe me, most teachers try hard to give it their all, but it is wearing us down...
    LUSD MUST find the money to lower elementary class sizes. I hope the governor mandates it for Title l Schools, so the district will be forced to do it for at least some of our schools!!!!

  • Doug Chaney posted at 6:41 am on Sat, Feb 2, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Didn't you just basically give the teachers a $2.5 million raise by adding five school days? So why does $1.5 million sound so out of sight? I'll bet you could easily still find that much administrative waste, if not much more, today? Smaller class sizes are a must for LUSD if they want to improve their scores, not a longer school year, in my opinion.



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