February 6, 2012 11:54 AM
We reported a couple weeks ago that the Broward School Board was weighing some tough options to get class sizes below the state’s limits. That included co-teaching, multi-grade classrooms, capping “full” classes and shuffling students around.
If you recall, Broward was the state’s worst class-size offender and faces a hefty $ 66.1 million fine. (That could be reduced by 75 percent.)
On Tuesday, the School Board will take a look at each school’s plan. If you’d like to get a glimpse of what your school’s plans are, check it out on the district’s website here.
Here are some examples of what’s coming.
Western High in Davie plans to eliminate a study hall for Advanced Placement classes. It also will “limit” class sizes to 35.5 in AP classes, 40-plus for electives and 35 for non-core academic electives.
Crystal Lake Middle in Pompano Beach will cap classes. Coral Glades High is going to use multi-grade classes.
Country Hills Elementary in Coral Springs needs four more classrooms, so students could end up in administrative offices, resource rooms or labs. Virginia Shuman Young Elementary in Fort Lauderdale also will send students to “non-traditional” spaces.
Sunset Lakes Elementary in Miramar plans to hire part-time instructors to teach single classes, as needed.
And then there’s Wilton Manors Elementary – its report says it will shuffle students around (called “leveling” in education speak) and then there’s this line: “I can only meet class size with additional teachers.” You have to give them points for honesty.
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