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POLL: Do Class Sizes Seem Bigger?

Class sizes across the Capistrano Unified School District grew by 1.5 students in all grades. Do you sense that?

To plug what may end up being a $51 million shortfall if Prop. 30 doesn’t pass, the  cut the overall number of teachers and across all grades for 2012-13.

With school starting Wednesday, the big question is, could you tell?

Class sizes are already at the state maximums for grades kindergarten through eighth grade. High school classes have no state-mandated upper limits.

Last year, . And this year, it got permission to i.

Classes should now average about 33 students per classroom.

What are your children’s class sizes like?

Alberto Barrera September 06, 2012 at 09:16 PM
My AP Gov/Econ class has forty-seven students, those who couldn't find seats had to sit on stools and extra chairs.
Charles September 06, 2012 at 09:44 PM
The positive side of this post is those kids sitting on the floor will be well prepared for college. Some of my freshmen engineering courses had something like (just guessing) 300 students in them. [I still remember the first day of a freshman EE class; the professor pointed to us in the room and told us to look around and that only 1 out of 11 of us would end up graduating EE]. I suppose another positive side to larger classes (besides saving the district money) is it sort of forces students to do their own digging and learning. Lou Holtz, a successful Notre Dame football coach in the 1980s once replied to the compliment "You're a great motivator, Lou." with "I'm not a great motivator; I'm just really good at weeding out those who can't motivate themselves."
Capo Parent September 06, 2012 at 10:39 PM
The students in CUSD sure could use the $20 million CUSD gave back to the teachers union and other employee groups last year while facing a multimillion dollar deficit. I guess there is a silver lining, with all the students sitting on the classroom floors, there will less of a need to clean the floors. Woo Hoo!
Kat September 09, 2012 at 03:22 AM
The larger class sizes are horrible conditions for any student to learn in or teacher to instruct. My fifth grader has 40 students in her class and my 3rd grader is in a 2/3 combo class with 38! These r not college students...these are young children learning to focus and gain good study skills & habits to be life long learners! How will they ever get the instruction they deserve? There will be too many distractions! These are deplorable learning & teaching environments!
Capo mom September 10, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Take heart, Kat. The good news is CUEA maintained their salary and benefits structure and our kids have 3 weeks less exposure to these horrible conditions. As for getting the instruction they deserve ... oh, well.

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