Thursday, April 17, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
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Class size should be top priority

I’m deeply disappointed to hear the Davis school system intends to continue with the class sizes currently in place at our elementary schools. Part of my disappointment stems from the notion that our voting efforts in the fall were meant, at least in part, to get back to a more reasonable number of students per class. Perhaps I was misinformed but I feel more as if I was misled by the current administrators and those who sought positions on the school board.

As a community, we seem heavily involved in conversations about realignment and GATE and hiring consultants all while some very fundamental problems, namely these huge classes, are ignored. Are our administrators and school board simply hoping we’ll take the status quo now that we’re used to it? Is that why a discussion about class size never saw the light of day? I resent the lack of respect that implies toward the parents of Davis.

I am in these crowded classrooms weekly. As a volunteer, I have experienced first-hand the jump in numbers. I have watched children, the ones we claim to care so much about, get lost in the shuffle despite the outstanding efforts of our teachers. And nothing is going to convince me we ought to be having any other conversation before this one.

Beth McMullen
Davis

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