Skip to comments.CA: Statewide Ad Blitz Warns of Soaring Class Sizes, Toll on Students
Posted on 02/24/2010 4:22:05 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
BURLINGAME Taking to the airwaves to sound the alarm about stopping cuts to public education, the California Teachers Association today launched radio ads statewide underscoring the toll on students from cuts.
The radio ads reflect the dire concerns witnessed by educators reeling from $17 billion in California education cuts over the last two years, the largest cuts since the Great Depression. Instead of investing in education, the governor is proposing new education cuts of $2.5 billion. The state ranks 46th in education spending, while a new UCLA study shows state cuts led to increased class sizes in 74 percent of elementary schools, and that 70 percent of all schools surveyed reduced or eliminated summer school.
The cuts to my school are devastating, one teacher says in the ad. Just the increase in class size. I have 20 students and all of a sudden it's 33.
Another educator warns of the consequences from soaring class sizes. There's a lot of competition to get into college and with a lot of competition for attention from the teacher, some kids aren't going to make it because they're not getting what they need individually from the teacher.
We've brought you this message because investing in our public schools and colleges is essential to building a stronger California for all of us, David A. Sanchez, president of the 325,000-member CTA, says in the ad. On March 4th, join students, educators and parents for a 'Day of Action' to stop these education cuts.
Sanchez urges the public to go to the CTA social networking website -- StandUpFor Schools.org -- to learn more about the crisis. The website reveals the groundswell of March 4 protest events against school cuts in cities across the state as educators join working families and other unions taking a stand against state cuts to schools, health care for children, and to vital social services for the poor and elderly.
The 60-second ads are airing through March 4 on 84 radio stations, including Spanish-, Asian- and Native American-language stations. Listen to the ads at cta.org or StandUpFor Schools.org.
public school teachers.....organized criminals.
Push along with them for more spending. They’ll run completely out of money and shut up sooner. ;-)
And how will the government “printing press” (re. fabricated financial instruments) keep them going, when the fake revenues will be worthless? That tactic worked, when we were producing something to steal revenues from. But that’s nearly all gone. There’s a big default ahead of us all. Yea! ;-)
How about cutting loose the kids who don’t want to be there. Many kids today don’t want to go to school. They cause disruptions, fail every class due to lack of effort, and basically cause headaches for teachers and those students wanting to learn. Class sizes will go from 33 to 15 in an instant.
“Many kids today dont want to go to school.”
Instead of continually giving to those that don’t want to work for anything, how about giving them a choice?
Choose between learning or 8 hours a day on a chain gang filling pot holes and cutting weeds.
Texas is public school teacher poor. If we took the trillions of dollars that are sucked out of the economy in the name of public education and allowed the tax payers to invest it, Texas would be a world-class economy.
The public school system is nothing more than a make work project to keep demoRat voters employed.
No sympathy for them. PERIOD!
I wonder how many students they’d have in their class if all the illegals went home?
Class size is little relevant to quality education. Class sie, however, does impinge on the number of teachers contributing money to the Unions.
public school teachers.....organized criminals.
Yes, you said it. Teachers complain about the pay and yet have hundreds of thousands of dollars to run ads complaining about pay. If they didn’t have union dues, teachers would have more take home pay even though they already earn decent salaries and benefits. Unions are parasites, plain and simple.
That's the best idea I've seen in quite a while.
Maybe they should cut non teaching positions to cooks, janitors and one principal per school.
“public employee union parasites keep running the same playbook.”
It is soooo nauseating!!!
Make the parents do that stuff.
Yes! And the sad travails of those who choose poorly will serve as a vivid warning to younger kids.
Soaring class sizes—that’s what happens when you have to educate a million of another country’s kids.
In their own privately funded school with tax vouchers...
The EDUCRATS mafia run the SAME scare tactic ads in EVERY state when faced with either cuts or attempting to increase taxes “for the kids”.
Several years ago in Alabama the democrat controlled state house, in conjuction with the EDUCRAT lobby attempted a huge tax increase “for the kids”...They ran ads that, amoung other outrageous claims, said that high school football would have to be eliminated, kids would go without school lunches, etc...
It was voted down by 61%, and we still have FOOTBALL, LUNCHES, and even running water.
This is not something that can be fixed by giving more money to the schools. An infinite amount of money is not enough. The teacher's union and the lawyers will not allow any meaningful reform. We need to outlaw public schools and let a completely private system develop. We also need to get rid of mandatory attendance laws and get rid of the minimum wage laws.
It's what I do...without the tax credit, of course. At least for now my donations to the Annual Fund are deductible.
But this is a larger point: that is how most private schools work. Parents volunteer, at the Clinic, in the Library, on the athletic fields, in the lunch room....And this is after paying multiple thousands of dollars for each child, donating the Annual operating fund (100% parent participation), and helping to get corporate assistance. I'm so sick of deadbeats who expect everything to be done for them by someone else.
Not only that, but I also get to pay for the local crappy public schools, not only through my property taxes, but a local sales tax.
Wouldn't you know that election day is now ALWAYS a "teacher's workday?"
It's so horrible. Classes with... *gasp* ...over 30 students???
Oh, wait, most people over 40 probably went to school with classes that size.
Oh, and there's more. Class size doesn't correlate with student success.
I didn't get mediocre grades because there were too many kids in class. A number of kids did very well. And you'll never believe how they did it. They actually paid attention in class, studied hard, and did their homework on time. Shocking but true.
Just a little info...my wife is a school teacher that works for the LAUSD and is a conservative. She despises the Union, but has no choice to opt out...she even changed her paperwork to not allow her union dues to be used for political purposes. She chose to be a teacher because she likes to help the kids.
So, before you you broad brush all teachers as criminals...
13 extra kids is devastating?
Fercryingoutloud, you're supposed to be teaching them not breastfeeding them.
There is no evidence that more kids in class makes the learn less.
A lot of anecdotal evidence, and arguments that don’t stand up to scrutiny.
A few examples:
More kids means they will take too much time asking questions. Except that for a vast majority of classes, the number of unique questions about a subject will be low, so there’s no reason to expect that multiple kids will have to ask the same question. So if you had a class of 40 kids, vs 2 classes of 20 kids, the question would be asked TWICE in the 2nd school, and only ONCE in the first school, which actually saves teacher time.
Also, we know teachers have different capabilities. The more teachers you need, the less capable the worst of them will be (like when baseball expanded and they needed more pitchers and so more teams had bad pitchers). If you make class sizes bigger, you increase the likelyhood of a student being taught by a better teacher. Double the class sizes, get rid of the bottom 50% of the teachers, and EVERY kid gets taught by a teacher in the top half of their profession.
Problem: Teachers who drive school boards have managed to get most schools built with classrooms too small for larger, more efficient class sizes. In schools in my district, you would be hard-pressed to add more than a few kids to a lot of the classrooms.
The fix: Use the high-tech computerized and wired schools, to broadcast the best teachers to multiple classes around the county. Now you can teach every student with the top 20% of the teachers. Every class GETS a teacher still, the ones that are in the bottom half get paid less, but don’t have to prepare lesson plans, just answer questions, grade papers, and babysit.
Larger class sizes would also prepare kids better for college, where they will be taught in lecture halls and have to schedule appointments to ask questions of teachers.
With the right technology, they could even offer stay-at-home schooling, for kids with good internet. IF the kids can do the homework and pass the tests, let them do it from home. Saves bus costs, lowers “class sizes” for those showing up.
My school district offers all sorts of summer school classes online — even Gym classes (kids have to do formal activities like team sports and stuff). My daughter did a science summer course last year, and interacted with the teacher through e-mail. Tests were online, except midterm and final were at a school.
There are so many innovations we could use in public schools, if we got over the idea that the public schools exist to provide guaranteed employment for the teacher’s unions.
We’re having fights over increases from 20 to 23 kids per class.