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Budget and Negotiations #4 | Elementary Class Size
Posted 2/24/20

We understand that there continue to be concerns among our teachers and parents around elementary class sizes.  We would like to directly address these misunderstandings. First and foremost, the district is proposing that we maintain current staffing ratios in elementary school, and like you, wants to keep class sizes as small as possible for our students.  

 

It is important for you to know that the District’s class size proposal to our teachers maintains current staffing ratios. Additionally, this year’s District proposal includes contractually-guaranteed class size caps- a protection for teachers and students which has never before existed in the District. 

 

For Grades TK-3: 

  • The current contractual average staffing level is 24:1, with no class size cap (with an agreement to staff schools at an average of 24.5:1 for 2019-20 only).
  • The District proposes maintaining that average staffing level of 24:1 and adding a contractual class size cap of 26.

 

For Grades 4-5: 

  • The current contractual average staffing level is 29:1, with no class size cap.

  • The District proposes maintaining that average staffing level of 29:1 and adding a contractual class size cap of 32.

 

The District proposal allows one additional student to be added to a classroom, with additional daily compensation for the teacher, should an extraordinary need arise.  

 

Exceeding an average of 24:1 in grades TK-3 at any school site, without a negotiated agreement such as the one in place this year for our district, risks the loss of $6-7 million in Grade Span Adjustment Funding under the LCFF for the entire District, something we will not risk under any circumstance. 

 

Please see our Negotiations webpage for further information on class size.