Seattle teachers rally against larger classes

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by ADAM MERTZ / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on August 14, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 14 at 7:03 PM

SEATTLE - The Seattle Education Association and Seattle Public Schools are trying to reach an agreement on a new contract for teachers, but they are still working on a compromise on class size.

Teachers gathered at Franklin High School Wednesday afternoon. Many of them were holding signs expressing concerns about increasing class sizes in Seattle schools.

"The more students I have the less each one can succeed," teacher Beth Brunton said.

A proposal would increase class sizes by one student in grades 4 through 12, according to Phyllis Campano with the Seattle Education Association. Campano said the proposal is for the 2014-2015 school year.

Campano believes any class size increase would be a step backwards.
 
"Increasing class size isn't good for any student anywhere," Campano said.

In a statement released Wednesday, a spokesperson with Seattle Public Schools said:

"Enrollment in Seattle Public Schools has increased dramatically over the past five years and that trend is projected to continue. An increase to the class size cap is one of a number of solutions we are exploring to ensure that we can accommodate all students as they enroll."

The district remains optimistic that an agreement will be reached before the school year starts in September.
 

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