We, the undersigned, are particularly distraught concerning the overcrowding of students in the third grade. As parents of these students in the San Marcos School District, we want the Superintendent to hear our plea. We request them to hire additional teachers so there will be a pupil-teacher ratio of no more than 20 to 1 for students entering third grade in the 2004-2005 school year. We propose to partner with the school district and raise funds to achieve our goal. We believe that children and teachers in smaller class settings have better study habits and are able to achieve higher academic success than children in crowded classes. In 1996, the California legislature passed the Class Size Reduction Program, (Senate Bill 1777) which provides incentives for school districts to reduce K-3 classes. We do not believe our children should suffer the consequences of budget cuts when we can help. With the assistance of the school district and the parent efforts, the Laguna Niguel School District successfully met this challenge and we, the undersigned, are prepared to develop fund raising events to support this endeavor. By signing below, your are in support of this initiative and are requesting the cooperation of the San Marcos School District to cooperate with this effort.