Let the Capistrano Unified School District know that parents do not want larger classes sizes. The Board is seeking a waiver from the state to allow "average" class sizes in Kindergarten to increase to "above" 33; and to allow "average" class sizes in grades 1 - 3 to increase to "above" 32. "above" - does that mean as many as 35? 40? Or, as many kids per class as it takes to balance the $50 million dollar budget hole? By signing this Petition, you are letting CUSD know that you do not want to see larger class sizes in grades K- 3. The Board meeting is April 25th, 2012 This Petition will be turned in to the Board at the April 25th meeting. Tell other parents- 10,000 signatures in three days- if you care- sign April 25th 2012 Board MEETING CAPISTRANO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT 33122 VALLEE ROAD SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO 92675 Agenda Item 7 Page 63 REQUEST TO WAIVE THE PENALTY FOR CLASS SIZE INCREASES: The District is requesting a California Department of Education Waiver of Penalties for increasing kindergarten through third grade class sizes, and for kindergarten through third grade class size averages, in the 2012-2013 school year. Although class sizes may not actually increase if the waiver is granted, its approval will permit increases if they are necessary and approved through the collective bargaining process. The waiver would provide additional staffing and placement options that will reduce the number of combination classes. Class size increases, layoffs, and negotiated concessions regarding salary, work year, and furlough days are being considered because the District must identify $50 million in budget reductions prior to June 30, 2012. SHould the District actually increase class sizes, the waiver would eliminate penalties for kindergarten classes above 31 and first through third grade classes above 30. The waiver would also eliminate the penalties for increasing the district wide class size averages in kindergarten to above 33 and to above 32 in grades one through three. CUSD Strategic Plan Pillar 3: Academic Achievemnet and Enrichment Contact Julie Hatchel, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services.