Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Washington Teachers Face Larger Classes As State Leaders Seek Funding Solution.

The KING-TV Seattle (9/1, Konopasek) website reports that teachers in Washington state will be dealing with larger classes this year after state lawmakers set aside a voter-approved “initiative to reduce class sizes...because, they said, there was no money to pay for it.” Gov. Jay Inslee and state House and Senate leaders are working on a funding plan, but in the meantime the “state Supreme Court is also putting pressure on Olympia, heavily fining the legislature until it gets the job done.” KING-TV reports that a study by the Center for Public Education found that young children achieve more in smaller classes, but that same study notes “some researchers have not found a connection between class size and student achievement.”

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