While most of America has been fixated on the health care debate, I’m far more concerned about what is happening to education. Fortunately, my school district escaped a big layoff scare last year thanks to the federal bailout.
That has not been true for less fortunate school districts. Most of the damage to date seems to be slowly-increasing class sizes. At my son’s elementary school, there are now two more kids per class, bringing the total to about 24.
But in some Los Angeles Unified classrooms, up to 57 kids are crammed together, reports the Los Angeles Times. An accompanying photo shows two girls forced to sit on file cabinets, while the story describes kids sitting on the floor of one classroom.
It’s not surprising class sizes are growing. Of the 273,000 jobs lost last month, 29,000 of them were teachers, writes Paul Krugman for The New York Times.