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As Chicago strike heads to a second day, here’s where negotiations stand
Chicago and its teachers union failed to strike a deal but reported progress on the key issue of class size on the first day of a citywide strike.
Updated 3 days ago
With polls favoring teachers, Lori Lightfoot agrees to put added staffing and class sizes in the contract
As polls favor teachers, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she will write added staffing and class size promises into the teachers contract
October 9, 2019
Why Chicago schoolteachers want to battle over class size, again
The Chicago Teachers Union wants to lower the cap on class sizes to 20 in kindergarten, 24 in first through fifth grade, and 28 for middle and high school.
June 11, 2019
‘Neither equitable nor excellent’: Advocates rally to demand de Blasio prioritize overcrowding
As lawmakers negotiate the budget for the upcoming year, these advocates gathered to call on the mayor to allocate more funding to reduce class size.
February 13, 2019
UFT targets overcrowded classes in its first major complaint under New York City’s new teacher contract
The dispute centers on five high schools that have had chronically overcrowded classrooms for at least four of the past six years.
November 5, 2018
Colorado teachers want smaller class sizes, union survey finds
Some studies have found a strong relationship between smaller class sizes and better student performance.
June 6, 2018
Can lowering class size help integrate schools? Maybe, according to new research
A recent study suggests a concrete way that schools can attract and keep white families, while also boosting student achievement: lower class sizes.
July 6, 2016
New report: City classrooms are increasingly overcrowded, especially for the youngest students
Over 800,000 students are enrolled in schools where the average class size exceeds limits set by the city itself in 2007.
Counting Class Size
October 19, 2015
Nearly 1,000 fewer classes are overcrowded this year, according to union survey
An annual union survey found that 5,485 classes were overcrowded at the start of the school year, down from 6,447 last year.
oligarchs and overcrowding
December 9, 2014
To reduce class sizes, UFT looks to absentee landlords
The head of the city’s teachers union is asking state lawmakers to eliminate a set of property tax breaks to pay for reduced class sizes in elementary schools. United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew said Tuesday that 90,000 condominiums and co-ops owned by people who do not reside in the city should no longer qualify for tax breaks.
Counting Class Size
September 30, 2014
Quietly, UFT reports that classroom overcrowding is getting worse
In a shift indicative of the new working relationship between city government and the teachers union, the number of overcrowded classes was noted only in an article in the union’s internal newspaper, New York Teacher. And rather than report overcrowded classes at their peak, the story says 3,500 classes exceeded limits — a number from after the city had already begun to reduce overcrowding.
June 27, 2014
Released earlier than usual, Blue Book now counts students in trailers
The city Department of Education released its annual school-space tally on Friday, months earlier than usual and featuring some changes recommended by an advisory…
June 6, 2014
Report: City’s budget plan doesn’t do enough to end school overcrowding
The city’s budget plan will not solve the problem of school overcrowding, a new report argues, despite the mayor’s pledge to devote new resources toward…
May 9, 2013
Not the biggest news out of Cleveland this week
The Cleveland Teachers Union has tentatively okayed a contract deal with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District that includes performance pay and an end to classes…
December 14, 2012
Latest data from city show a continued increase in class sizes
Across the city, classes this year are larger, on average, than they were last year, according to data the Department of Education released today. The new data, released this afternoon to meet an annual reporting deadline set by the City Council, show that class sizes have increased citywide for the sixth year in a row, with the largest increases coming in high schools. Overall, class sizes jumped by an average of 1.6 percent this year. Classes in elementary schools now average 24.5 students; middle schools average 27.3 students per class; and high schools have 26.9 students on average in each class. In September, a tally by the teachers union found that 670 schools — more than ever — had classes over their contractual size limits, which are higher than the citywide class size averages.
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