Tag Archives: School Districts

Classroom Size

Classroom size is consistently a number one concern for parents and teachers. No matter how many policies are put into place to reduce class sizes teachers continue to be overwhelmed by classroom size. 36 states currently have policies in place that limits the number of students in any general education classroom. In the school year of 1999 and 2000 there was $3.5 billion spent on class size reductions. 2.3 billion of this was spent by states and the remaining 1.2 billion was federal funding. Since 1999 under the Class Size Reduction Program approximately 29,000 teachers have been hired and partly due to this classroom sizes for grades 1, 2, and 3 have decreased. The classroom sizes have gone from 23 to 18.

The National Education Association states that the optimum classroom size is 15 . Most schools struggle to keep class sizes below 25 to 30 students per one teacher. The problem with this is that teachers can’t possibly be expected to hone in on every single student’s learning style when there are 30 kids in the class. It is hard enough to do this with a handful of students.
Teachers today have more demands on their time than ever. With the onset of posting grades and progress every single week online (this is a new feature in many schools) to keep parents posted and the paper work that any district requires of teachers they have very little time left to really research learning styles and put together programs that may help students with the hurdles that they encounter in their education from time to time. More schools are getting away from text books and expecting teachers to develop their own curriculum. There just simply is not enough time!
With less students in a classroom the teacher can also better deal with behavioral problems that may arise and the overall school safety is better.

School Dress Codes

School dress codes are often a topic of debate. Although every school and/or school district has their very own set of specific dress code rules/standards there are a few things that are usually standard or common amongst most schools including:

  • Limited or no sleeveless shirts
  • The midriff cannot be visible
  • Skirts/shorts must meet a certain length requirement
  • Limited piercings
  • No underclothing worn on the outside of clothing
  • No sunglasses indoors
  • No designs, decorations, symbols or words than imply symbolism, racism, profanity etc…

All of these things are considered to be within reasonable guidelines of allowing students to show their individuality yet providing safety and respect for themselves and others around them. All the while providing an education environment that is not distracted by students appearance. There is often the argument that these things may interfere with a students first amendment rights of expression. However, in many cases across the country judges have ruled time after time that although it may limit one form of expression these guidelines are still reasonable.

Standardized Testing

Have you ever wondered what standardized testing is or what it means to you and your family? Whether you have children who are not yet in school, children in school, or children who are finished with school you have certainly heard the term “standardized testing”. Most schools send out a note when this testing is going to occur.

By title you should be able to deduce your child’s entire school will be doing testing to see how they are doing in comparison to other school districts around the country. These tests have become a great resource for statistics on schools which can be used to help create programs or curriculum to help students in any particular area in specific courses they may be struggling in such as math, reading, or sciences.

Student IEP’s or Individualized Education Programs has also been designed to help evaluate every students needs and goals. This plan gets the school, the student, and also the parent involved in understanding what is expected and needed in the child educational future, assists in setting education and career goals, and assists in everyone following through with these plans.