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Class Sizes Grow as Budgets Tighten

Class room with desksAs states struggle to balance their budgets, education will be affected on many levels. The protests in Wisconsin highlighted the grim reality of cut backs in teacher’s compensation and benefits, and now many states will be increasing class sizes.

Although there has been debate over whether or not smaller classes are better, the prevailing wisdom says that students who get more individual attention will perform better. In any case, increasing class sizes also increases teacher’s workload. “If you’ve gained five kids, that’s five more papers to grade, five more kids who need makeup work if they’re absent, five more parents to contact, five more e-mails to answer,” math teacher Rachael Maher told The New York Times. “It gets overwhelming.”

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Students in Florida Attend Virtual Classrooms with No Teachers

Students in Florida can now take many of their core classes in a room with a computer and no teacher. The state of Florida passed an amendment in 2002 called the Florida Class Size Reduction Amendment which allows them to place virtual e-learning labs in schools.

Although this amendment limits the number of students allowed in a classroom, there are no limits to the virtual labs. Unfortunately for students, many of them were placed in these virtual classroom courses without signing up for them. The setup of an e-learning lab is typically a room filled with computers. There is no teacher in this setting, just a facilitator that makes sure students progress in the course and addresses any technical problems.

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