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    rserven
    OK, I didn't make it here on Saturday and so now this will probably not get read but just in case, and because I may not remember this week, I'm writing this anyway.

    My daughter's school has one class per grade, averaging around 20 students. This is working great K-3 - the learning is phenomenal, the teachers are wonderful, and the state sends supplemental funding to keep the class size at this level. Hooray.

    However, the problem is funding 4-6. At that point, the state wants the classrooms to be 25-30 kids, and funds at that assumption. We've done well by having one extra large class and by scavenging funds, but we may not be able to do that in the next year or two. Where/how do we create 4th graders out of thin air?

    This is a CA Distinguished school in a community with 70% free lunches. We might be able to grow the whole student body by a couple of kids per grade but then we'd lose the Class Size reduction money for K-3, ironically putting us more in the hole. The alternative would be to combine the 4-6 into two classrooms of 30 each, ugh. Any leads on grant money, other strategies, etc? We've got a sharp principal but I know he can't be omnicient in terms of grant resources.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Mon Feb 26, 2007 at 12:19:39 PM PST

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