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Parents weigh in on school district class size

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Education > Group calls itself ‘Save Our Schools Los Alamos’

By Tris DeRoma

The Los Alamos Board of Education is not the only group concerned about the student-to-teacher ratio and other school-related issues; a group of parents have also been making its presence known too.

Calling themselves “Save Our Schools Los Alamos” (SOSLA), a representative of the group recently came to a recent school board meeting to talk about the ratio.
The issue became a hot topic this year when it was revealed by school officials earlier this year that the second grades in many of the area elementary schools were going to contain at least five extra students, putting the class average in the higher-than-normal 25 to 30 student range for each second grade teachers. Schools effected by the jump include Mountain Elementary School and Barranca Mesa.
According to school officials, part of the problem was they lost a larger than average number of teachers last year due to attrition and retirement.
While they could have hired more teachers this year, the board decided funding would be better spent paying for a Master’s Degree program for the teachers in an effort to eventually shore up the training and experience of the teachers in the system.


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