San Jose Classrooms Getting More Crowded

Board approves class size increase

Classrooms in San Jose elementary schools are expected to get more crowded this fall.

On Thursday night, San Jose Unified School District trustees voted unanimously for a plan to increase class sizes from 20 to 30 students in kindergarten through second grade.

A final decision will be made in August, but trustees had to take action this week so teachers could be notified about possible layoffs.

The plan would cut 96 full-time teaching positions and save about $6 million for the 32,000-student district, which faces a $19 million budget shortfall.

Parents and teachers spoke out against larger class sizes, saying they will hurt students' ability to learn.

But trustees say they have to balance the budget or risk a state takeover.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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