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Richmond board approves increased class sizes

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 4:36 PM
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In anticipation of possible teacher layoffs during the upcoming budget process, the Richmond County Board of Education today approved increasing class-size limits by three students.

For the past two years, the school board has asked the state for a two-student increase, but as this year's budget process creates more challenges it may be necessary to add more students to each classroom as teachers are taken out, according to Acting Superintendent James Whitson.

"We're in the budget process now," Whitson said. "If we have to reduce the staff even more than we are now, we're going to have to go back to the ... classrooms to do that."

With the three-student increase, student-to-teacher ratios could rise to 24-to-1 through fourth grade and 31-to-1 in middle and high school.

If budget cuts do not take as hard of a hit on teachers as anticipated, the board doesn't have to increase class sizes by three students.

Whitson called the request "purely a precautionary measure" so the district would not have to ask the state permission for a class size increase in the middle of the school year.

"The truth of the matter is we worked very diligently to reduce that budget, and we have not been able to do that to yet," Whitson said.

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sassylassie
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sassylassie 05/10/11 - 06:41 pm
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Amen to that, Republic!

Amen to that, Republic!

Taylor B
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Taylor B 05/10/11 - 06:50 pm
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Yesterday, there was an

Yesterday, there was an article praising the millions of dollars of football fields, sprinkler systems, and tracks. While the SPLOST slush fund cannot pay teachers, it shouldnt burden the general fund by requiring more maintenance costs to such facilities. I think im going to invent "bunk desks" and cash in on the sardine classroom craze that has gripped Richmond County...

Insider Information
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Insider Information 05/10/11 - 06:58 pm
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What about all of that Obama

What about all of that Obama money?

Oh wait, the gimmick known as "stimulus" was only two years. Oops.

cristinadh
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cristinadh 05/10/11 - 07:57 pm
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education does not occur now

education does not occur now with the class sizes how they are because they are big in the highs 20's!!.. what makes them think that education will occur with more students in a class!!!.. it's ridiculous... and the parents complain that their little angels are not learning anything and they blame the teachers!!

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mystery30815 05/10/11 - 08:37 pm
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If the board would listen to

If the board would listen to the teachers they would find tons of ways to cut the budget without cutting teachers jobs. The board pays teachers to attend trainings that are never used, a waste of time and money, paper trails literally feet deep, that could be stored electronically, and finally, get rid of the teachers who are ineffective, no matter how long they have been teaching. Quit spending all this money "training" teachers and let them do what they do best, teach!

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corgimom 05/10/11 - 08:42 pm
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Oh, education occurs. 50% of

Oh, education occurs. 50% of students fail the first year of college- but 50% don't. The education is there for people who want it, show up, pay attention, do the work, and value it.

Nobody cared until all the manufacturing jobs went overseas, and people without high school diplomas couldn't find new jobs. Basic education is basic education. It's pretty easy to get a high school diploma- the ones who couldn't have far more issues involved than education.

Take a long look at the "improved" graduation rates. You have to ask yourself, why the big rise all of a sudden? How did these schools suddenly become so successful in educating these kids, when they couldn't before? What changed? The rises defy statistical probability. The rises, when compared to absenteeism rates, defy common sense, real life, logic, any measure you want to use.

It's getting to the point where class size doesn't matter. If a kid passes a test, and gets a diploma, the school district pats itself on the back and tells everyone how great they are doing. It's not about education, it's about numbers, but sooner or later the day of reckoning comes.

You watch. They will increase class size, and increase graduation rates. That's not statistically possible either, but they will do it.

But then those kids, with the diplomas in hand, will try to get jobs in the real world, which hasn't changed much. Wait until a kid with a virtual diploma, who didn't have to follow a schedule, could work at their own pace, took what they wanted, didn't have to deal with others, didn't have to deal with a teacher/boss, who has a diploma and truly thinks that he's educated adequately and prepared- then has to function in the workplace and perform to workplace standards.

It's frightening to contemplate.

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Taylor B 05/10/11 - 09:48 pm
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Corgi, good post dear.

Corgi, good post dear.

emergencyfan
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emergencyfan 05/11/11 - 02:14 pm
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Corgi, I'm sorry to say I've

Corgi, I'm sorry to say I've worked with such in the past and all that seems to happen is that they are given a free ride while the rest of the people in the office are expected to take up their slack.

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