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BCTF School Staff Alert


2008-09
#53

May 11, 2009

Taking action on class size and composition

 

Important information for members

The BCPSEA is asserting that any discussion of class size and class composition constitutes consultation as required by Bill 33. In response, to ensure that we protect our ability to grieve class-size and composition violations, and to protect our right to meaningful consultation and classes that are “appropriate for student learning,” we need to take the following steps:

  • Participate in organizing classes for September as you normally would.
  • If it becomes evident that classes cannot be organized within the legislative limits, or are in any other way not appropriate for student learning (safety issues for example), document, and advise the principal of your opposition to the proposed organization.
  • Submit to the principal a simple and general statement of what is needed for an organization that is appropriate for student learning (for example: 90 Grade 4 students, 12 with IEPs to be organized into two classes of 22 and two classes of 23, with 3 students with IEPs in each class). You may also include information regarding where students should be placed, which students should be separated, the distribution of students with IEPs, and any additional pertinent concerns.
  • Withdraw from the process of organizing classes unless ordered to continue, and, if so, contact the staff rep in your school and notify your local president.

What are the limits?

Class size:

• Individual classes Grades K–3
a. K  22
b. 1–3  24

• Individual classes Grades 4–7 must not exceed 30, unless:
a. the teacher consents.
b. the superintendent and principal agree class is appropriate for student learning.

• Individual classes Grades 8–12 must not exceed 30, unless:
a. the superintendent and principal agree class is appropriate for student learning.
b. the principal has consulted teacher.

Class composition:

Students for whom IEPs must be designed and who are designated must not exceed three (3) in each class, unless:
a. the superintendent and principal agree class is appropriate for student learning.
b. the principal has consulted teacher.