Oversized classrooms have become the norm in the Catalina Foothills School District. We ask the CFSD Governing Board to adopt a policy to reduce class sizes.
Prior to 2014, elementary classes were capped at 28. Since then, class sizes have soared. Currently, in 2019-2020, there are two 4th grade classes with enrollment at 33 and 34 students each. Since the 2014 policy change, one elementary school has experienced 16 classes above the previous limit of 28!
CFSD teachers are incredibly capable; however, even the best teachers tire with additional students. Each student above the recommended 28-student limit equals an additional response to a lesson, an additional project to be graded, and additional individualizing. Additionally, past attempts to mitigate class size by shuffling students between multiple teachers have significantly increased the teacher workload. One district 4th grade teacher officially has only 15 students in her class but sees 39 students each day as a result of this shuffle. This is a 64% increase! To be at their best for our students, teachers need smaller classes.
We want the Catalina Foothills School District Governing Board to adopt a policy to reduce class size!
If you live in-district OR have a student enrolled in a CFSD school, please add your name to this letter. The Governing Board is supportive of community and parent voices. Add yours!