Friday, June 8, 2007

How you too can achieve small class size

If you have been a regular reader of my blog, you know how important small class size is to me. My quest started way back when middle son was stuck in a class of 36 in kindergarten.
As I have said before that parent's need to be the advocate for their children and that the power lies within you. A group of parents on a mission is a dangerous thing in this education game.
My wee one's elementary school has historically had a class size issue.
There is always an issue said the Principal and I agree.
This year we were told that the current 4th grade class of 40 (2) classes of 20 now, were going to be combined into one class next year of 34 since some children were moving. To us the parents this is not acceptable.
I don't care where the school is is is unacceptable anywhere period
We were told that is just the way it was going to be.
Well to bad, we just did not lie down.
We as a parent body banded together ( as we did in the past)
we phoned each other, we petitioned each other and we came up with a plan. It was a simple plan we attended a PTA meeting and voiced our disdain. We did not hear what we wanted to here so............................
we called our local politicians. We told them what was happening.
That we were going to have an empty class room ( the space for the small class),and we wanted the class room utilized as a room with a teacher and a student. We played the game the way a politician would play the game, we used the words high stake testing.
Our next PTA meeting is Monday and we were to have the politicians aides attend the meeting, but low and behold today at the SLT meeting it was announced that we would have two fifth grade classes next year.

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