Class Size Reduction

CURRENTLY:

The current contract language regarding class size can be found on page 45 of the contract here 

Article 7 M.

M. Class Size Limitations
1. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten
a. The size of pre-kindergarten classes shall be determined on the basis of a
maximum absolute cap of 18 pupils with a teacher and paraprofessional.
b. The size of kindergarten classes shall be determined on the basis of a maximum of
25 pupils for each teacher, except as specified in 3 below.
2. Elementary, Junior High, and High Schools
a. No subject class in elementary school shall exceed 32 pupils, except as specified
in 3 below.
b. No subject class in a non-special service junior high school shall exceed 33
pupils, except as specified in 3 below.
c. No subject class in a Title I junior high school shall exceed 30 pupils, except as
specified in 3 below.
d. No homeroom or official or subject class in senior high school shall exceed 34
pupils, except as specified in 3 below. This shall not be accomplished by an increase in
the size of classes for the non-college bound students.
e. No class in trade shop subjects in the high schools shall exceed 28 pupils, except
as specified in 3 below.
f. The size of physical education classes in the junior and senior high schools shall
be determined on the basis of a maximum of 50 pupils for each teacher, except as
specified in 3 below.
g. The size of required music classes in the high schools shall be determined on the
basis of a maximum of 50 pupils for each teacher, except as specified in 3 below.
h. The size of ninth grade classes in any high school where more than half of the
pupils in the ninth grade have been admitted from reorganized junior high schools shall
not exceed the maximum provided above for the junior high schools.
i. Wherever administratively possible, teacher programs in high schools should
follow these guidelines: In rooms with specific stations (e.g. typing rooms, shops and

laboratories) the number of pupils assigned to such rooms should not exceed the number
of stations available. In the programming of such classes, an extra number of pupils
equal to the anticipated attrition rate may be included.
j. In Title I schools in the junior high school division, classes in industrial
arts/technology education and home economics/home and career skills should not exceed
22 students. In regular schools in the junior high school division, classes in industrial
arts/technology education and home economics/home and career skills should not exceed
24 students.
The class size limits set forth herein apply to classes conducted in shop or laboratory
settings.
3. Exceptions
An acceptable reason for exceeding the maximum class size limitations listed in
paragraphs 1b through 2g above may be any of the following:
a. There is no space available to permit scheduling of any additional class or classes
in order to reduce class size.
b. Conformity to the class size objective would result in placing additional classes
on short time schedule.

c. Conformity to the class size objective would result in the organization of half-
classes.

d. A class larger than the maximum is necessary or desirable in order to provide for
specialized or experimental instruction, or for IGC instruction, or for placement of pupils
in a subject class of which there is only one on a grade.
In the event that it is necessary to assign a teacher to a class which exceeds the
maximum size listed above, the principal shall stipulate the reason in writing to the
teacher and to the Chancellor. Such statement of reasons may be available for
examination by the Union in the Office of the Chancellor.
4. Students with Disabilities in a General Education Class
There shall be no more than three emotionally disturbed or autistic students, out of
the total number of students with IEPs, whose management needs are severe and chronic
requiring intensive constant supervision, a significant degree of individualized attention,
intervention and intensive behavior management, in a general education class with one
teacher.

 

 

DRAFT PROPOSAL FOR CHANGE:

 

COMMENT BELOW WHAT YOU WOULD REALISTICALLY LIKE CHANGED.

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Space is an issue. i mean where would they put the extra classes when all the schools are full? What about having more ICT type settings to decrease the ratio. Not necessarily Sped Gen Ed ICT.

eileen ghastin

CONTACT HOURS must be considered. I taught 270 students (I’m an English teacher) in spring of ’16. When I left NO ONE would take my position, so FHS had to divide my position between 2 ppl. Make sure CONTACT HOURS ARE PART OF CONTRACT. NO ONE SHOULD EVER. EVER EVE HAVE TO GO THROUGH WHAT I DID.

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