Fairfax County Public Schools: Don't pass a 2014-15 class size increase without county-established class size caps.

Class Size Counts
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Many Fairfax County schoolchildren are assigned to very large classes.
They must often deal with cramped spaces, more stressful environments and less of the individual attention they need.


And it might get worse next year. To help balance the 2014-15 budget, class size may be increased even more next year. Another class size increase without county-established caps will put even more children in unfairly lower-quality, oversize classes.


Fairfax County doesn't have its own class size caps. FCPS consents to Virginia's high state caps of 29-35 for elementary school! We must do better than that. In addition, Virginia establishes NO caps for middle and high schools.


County-established caps will protect children from excessively large classes that damage their education.


We, the undersigned, urge FCPS: Don’t pass a 2014-15 class size increase without county-established class size caps.


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Highlights

February 24
As of February 2015, a $3.1M line item to address large class sizes for elementary schools using a new "trigger" and "cap" policy is a part of the proposed FY2015-2016 budget. Please sign this petition in support of this effort by Dr. Garza and share your class size concerns in the comments section. Thank you for your CSC support!
January 31
Here's the latest update: In response to our voices, leaders have told us they are crafting a "trigger system" to deal with oversize classes. They view this as better than the hard caps we asked for, for several compelling reasons related to kids' learning and to cost-effectiveness. We are waiting for more details so we can assess if this is a workable solution. So far, we understand that such a system would guarantee a remedy from a menu of options whenever a class reaches a certain size - or “trigger”. We can’t wait to see it. It needs to be a system we can see and trust. To that end, we want to carefully scrutinize any new system for the following features: • high quality of each remedy • transparency • prevention of loopholes; and • monitoring of the remedies throughout the year. Further updates will be posted when available! Thanks for your support.
  • Moira Todd
    Moira Todd United States, Washington
    Nov 03, 2015
    Nov 03, 2015
    #classsizecounts
  • brian heller
    brian heller United States, Mclean
    Oct 21, 2015
    Oct 21, 2015
    AAP class sizes are disproportionately large compared with gen ed. My son has 33 kids in his 6th grade class (and has had about that many for the past few years) at Louise Archer in Providence District. The gen ed classes have 17 students each
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Aug 06, 2015
    Aug 06, 2015
    PCPS can't afford to waste our tax money to create an LGBT curriculum in FLE classes, while increasing class sizes because of its $100million budget deficit. Focus first on class size and reducing cuts elsewhere before adding spending on something so many parents object to and don't want taught.
  • Wendy Jensen
    Wendy Jensen United States, Washington
    May 20, 2015
    May 20, 2015
    Please cap class sizes which will benefit our students & teachers
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