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The Blog for Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Laughable

    I think it's called "home cooking":
    "Although intuitively . . . the idea of small classrooms is a fine idea, when you magnify that issue across the state, the negative impact greatly outweighs a qualitative benefit," said W.C. Gentry of Jacksonville, chairman of the Council for Education Policy, Research and Improvement, a group appointed by the governor and legislative leaders.
    "Class-size cap isn't answer, study says". See also "Report: Reducing class size will hurt quality" ("A politically appointed committee warned a House panel Tuesday that reducing class sizes as required by Florida's constitution will result in a decline in the quality of teachers — and education — for the state's schoolchildren.")

    And isn't this a bit self-serving: the report complains that "[m]any new teachers can't afford to buy a home in Florida and that will make it harder for school districts to hire enough teachers to comply with the class size amendment, a new state report concludes." "Report: Housing costs could undermine quest for teachers" (conveniently, the "study, ordered by the 2004 Legislature, amplifies arguments that Gov. Jeb Bush and some Republican lawmakers have been making since voters approved the amendment in 2002.")

    I see: we don't pay our teachers enough to buy a home; hence, it is not practical to hire enough teachers to reduce class sizes.

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