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State considers bigger school classes

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV)- With the state trying to pull any kind of rabbit out of the budget hat to offset a budget shortfall, yet another round of ideas are thrown into the mix including more kids in the classrooms for fewer teachers. State budget cuts could force up to 100,000 teacher layoffs, one alternative proposed, a staggered furlough of teachers.

"Its been suggested that teacher furloughs might help with some situations across the state, that hasn't been discussed here," says Longview ISD spokesman Adam Holland.

Increasing class sizes from the current 22 students for every teacher, but parents are against it.

"I have two small grand kids in school, there's 15 kids in class already , and they can't control the 15, just think about 30 or 40 kids in a classroom," says Gloria Jackson-Jameel who has two grandchildren in grade school.

Parents are afraid kids, and their education, will get lost in the crowd.

"I highly disagree with it, as it is with about 20 students in a class , they don't get enough one-on-one time as it is, so why would you want to increase the amount of students in one class," says Simon Bilbery.

"If they're going to add more kids in a class what's that going to do what's going to happen," says mother of 3 Amy Weese.

"We've been telling our principals for the past few months , expect that classroom sizes are going to be larger, that is a quick way to cut staff," Holland says.

And there's no question jobs will be lost.

"The district does not want to compromise education, I would think the elected officials at the state level wouldn't want that compromise either," says Holland.

Teacher groups say larger classes would reverse academic gains and could eliminate up to 12-thousand jobs in Texas.

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