Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Detroit's Considering Raising High School Class Sizes to 62 Kids

I understand the need to trim state budgets, but doing so by raising class sizes from 35 now to 62 (!) by 2013 seems like an extreme measure to take:
Detroit Public Schools would close nearly half of its schools in the next two years, and increase high school class sizes to 62 by the following year, under a deficit-reduction plan filed with the state. 
The plan, part of a monthly update Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb gives the Department of Education, was filed late Monday to provide insight into Bobb's progress in his attempt to slash a $327 million deficit in the district to zero over the next several years. Under it, the district would slim down from 142 schools now to 72 during 2012-13.
I can't imagine that I would have paid much attention in high school if I had been seated 10-15 rows back from the teachers - especially if I was stuffed into a room with 61 other kids that was designed to only hold 30. On the other hand, maybe they're just better-preparing kids for class sizes of 348 kids at Michigan State University - though if Detroit's high school classes all have 62 kids in them, I question whether many of them will make it to university at all.

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