“A recent Citizens Budget Commission study pegged the figure at a jaw-dropping $38,000 per child.
And without producing better outcomes for kids: Less than half the students in grades 3-8 were deemed proficient on state tests last year.
Will smaller classes will lead to greater learning? Studies suggest not, especially since schools may be forced to accept less-than-stellar teachers to cover all the new classes that are needed.
“If you really do a hard look at New York City schools, you see that some of our classes that have the highest number of students per teacher are doing the best academically, and the schools that have a really low number are doing fairly poorly academically,” says Maud Maron, co-president of Parent Leaders for Accelerated Curriculum and Education NYC.”