Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sign VEA's Online Petition!/DOE says your class size has not increased!

Make your voice heard. Sign our petition calling for an end to the attacks on public educators and greater support for school funding.

Did you see the Politifact today on class size? The DOE says “teacher student ratio’s have remained stable.” Do I need to show the bull on the toilet again?

I think there is too much evidence to the contrary to accept as fact Charles Pyles’ assertion: “Pyle said student-teacher ratios have remained stable.”

Even if we put the data set Pyle claims was the result of a VA DOE error, there is too much corroborating data to show that the number of teachers in Virginia has gone down and the number of students has increased.

First, there is a 9/19/2011 report from DOE to the Advisory Board on Teacher Education and Licensure which shows that the teacher supply has decreased from 100,908 in 2008-2009 to 98,792 in 2010-2011.

Second, on 7/4/2008 VRS reported to JLARC that there were 147,149 in the teacher group as of June 30, 2008. On 7/11/2011 VRS reported to JLARC that as of June 2011 there were 145,707 in the teacher group. The teacher group includes all school board employees, but this dip is indicative of a decrease in the number of teachers.

Third, CQ Press reports that Virginia showed the sharpest percentage drop of teachers in the nation. Between 2000 and 2010 there was a 16.7% drop according to this source.

The Annual Superintendents Report in 2005 says that 2005 3/31 Average Daily Membership (ADM) was 1,176,678 – 2012 3/31 ADM is 1,225,736.

How can you have fewer teachers and more students and not have larger classes?

Every teacher I encounter is upset about the increases in class size.

Are we seeing a bit of obfuscation? Do those in power not want the public to know that class sizes in Virginia are soaring?

Please use the facts above to keep turning up the heat!