Tuesday, November 15, 2011
This year's class size data released today; unforgivable!
The DOE released this year's class size data today here.
Class sizes increased citywide this year again for the 4th year in a row. In the early grades, the increase was sharper than in any year since records have been kept – at least since 1998.
This year, there were as many Kindergarten children in classes LARGER than 25 (the union contractual maximum) as were in classes of 20 or less –the goal that Bloomberg promised to achieve when he first ran for office.
These extremely large classes are especially unforgivable, given that the city has received more than $2 billion since 2007, in return for a promise to reduce class sizes in all grades, as part of the Contracts for Excellence law.
This law was passed to settle the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit. This school year (2011-2012) was supposed to be the final year of the city’s five year C4E plan, and yet classes are far larger than before the law was passed.