Smaller classes in RCP fourth grade

Smaller classes in RCP fourth grade

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Genie Preisch started this petition to PPS board and

We are parents of fourth graders at Rose City Park, a PPS elementary school. Our students currently have two classrooms with 35 and 36 students.  We believe that all students will be underserved by these large class sizes. The PPS PAT contract spells out class size goals at every grade level, with 28 students as the threshold number for fourth.  In this we share a common goal; we want to help students learn in the best environment possible, with students’ safety being our priority. 

Keeping students safe must be of utmost concern to everyone. Students with small behaviors typically caught early may be ignored, which could cause them to grow and make a bigger negative impact. With so many students, teachers may not be aware of bullying, or other violence in their classroom, such as theft or damage to property. Besides being safe, we also want students to learn and thrive in class.

Many of our students have IEPs and 504 plans and require more individualized help that will stretch the teachers with such large classes.  Students who are struggling may not get the extra help and attention in order for them to succeed academically and socially. Students who are performing at grade level may not thrive, and higher achievers may not be challenged.  Students with sensory needs are already negatively impacted auditorily and physically with so many people in one classroom. Children with attention issues will have even more trouble with such a busy, big class. Additionally, our RCP community has students with individual medical needs that are harder to manage with larger classes. 

In PPS’ new staffing model released in 2018, the first identified goal was to “ensure schools have adequate staffing to maintain reasonable class sizes.”  Our current class sizes can hardly be classified as reasonable. Large class sizes can lead to a host of problems for teachers, including classroom management, even for seasoned teachers. 

Class sizes affect more than testing results.  A 2007 study in American Journal on Public Health (https:www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2040354/ found that “reducing class sizes may be more cost-effective than most public health and medical interventions,” because of correlations between class size in elementary school and high school graduation rates.   We know that PPS leaders are looking across the district at overall needs.  We know that our underserved community needs help first, but we are asking for help for our students once those with the greatest needs have been taken care of. We request that we use the extra space in our building for an additional classroom to hire a new fourth grade teacher to best serve our students as soon as possible.  If this isn’t possible, we are also amenable to hiring an assistant who could help with both large classes. 

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