i got a letter from the principal yesterday that if the 1st grade enrollment numbers don't increase by next friday, the 10 day mark, then my son's class will be dissolved & split into the remaining 5 classes. right now there are 6 classes with each class having 18-19 kids. so if the class was split that would add about 4 kids to each class, putting them at their classroom max, 23. they've done this a few times in the past & each time they've done it they've had to reestablish the class before christmas because we got an influx of students.
a kindergarten class is at risk of the same thing also. two weeks before school started the k teacher was told she wouldn't have a class & they asked her what she wanted to do. a week before school started she was told she would have a class, now she's at risk for loosing it again. kindergarten has the same situation, 6 classes with each having 17-19 kids.
what happens to the teachers that loose their classes? well they can choose to go to another school that is in need of k-2nd teachers or they can choose to move up a grade at the school which means taking over the classroom of a newly hired teacher who will then be sent to another school. this has happened twice before in my 6 years at the school. classes are dissolved & teachers surplused after the 10 day mark due to low enrollment. each time we had an influx of students before thanksgiving which means new teachers had to be hired & students reassigned so classes wouldn't be over the limit. it's all a big hot mess if you ask me! it's not like the one class that's in jeopardy only has 10 students! oh & we have several special needs kids at our school (they come from out of district to our school) while we have a special needs pre-k & k & two mixed grade special ed classes we also have many that are "mainstreamed" so smaller classroom sizes if beneficial to all.
in a state with low graduation rates & consistantly at the bottom of the national list i don't understand how they see maxing out classrooms is beneficial, especially with the little ones. sometimes i feel like schools are run more like "for profit" companies than educational institutions. they want the students to excell on stanardized tests, graduate, go on to college & excell in life yet they don't want to give them a quality education.