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Class-Size Reduction

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Class-Size Reduction

As our country continues to grow, so do our classrooms in which our future

is grown. Crowded classrooms can make it difficult for children to learn and can

increase stress to pass a class. Reducing class sizes at an early age can "improve

student learning" by their being exposed to more one on one attention with a

teacher (Class-Size Reduction Program). To achieve this goal, the Class-Size

Reduction Program calls for more and better-qualified teachers with more classrooms.

Some might see this as a great expense with an increase of taxes. Yet, Congress

has already approved $1.3 billion last year to help reduce our schoolsí class sizes.

The goal to is to bring down the average size classroom of 25 students to about 18

students per teacher. In those schools that have already taken advantage of this

program, students have shown a great deal of improvement in grades and on tests

(U.S. Department of Education 1 and 2). Though expensive, class size reduction is a

necessity because research has shown that children are more successful in

learning environments which have fewer students.

In 1998, Bill Clinton paved the way for the Class-Size Reduction Program

when he said

"Reducing class size is one of the most important investments we can

make in our childrenís future. Recent research confirms what parents have

always known. Children learn better in small classes with good

teachers, and kids who start out in smaller classes do better right

through their high school graduation." (U.S. Department of Education 1)

After Clintonís proposal, Congress granted $1.2 billion to help hir...

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...ucation. More dollars for fewer students in the classroom and more dollars for

new, well trained teachers are key ingredients in the recipe for student success.

Works Cited

Class-Size Reduction Program. http://ed.gov/offices/OESE/ClassSize/index.html

Class-Size Reduction Program. Myths and Realities. 7 Oct. 2001

http://www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/ClassSize/myths.html

Cohen, Michael, etal. U.S. Department of Education. The Class-Size Reduction Program

September 2000.

Flannery, Pat. "Smaller classes come at high cost." The Arizona Republic on the Web

1 Oct. 2003. 8 Oct. 2001. <http://www.arizonarepublic.com/cgi-bin/print.php3>

U.S. Department of Education. Final FY 2001 Class Size Reduction State Allocations.

7 October 2003. <http://www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/ClassSize/CSAllocation/cs-usa.html
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