STATEMENT OF CINDY KERR, President, MCCPTA
This year the number one priority of the Montgomery
County Council of PTAs over 50,000 members has been to advocate for class size
reductions in every classroom in every school in every cluster throughout the
We are very pleased that our youngest students will immediately benefit from the class size reductions this year. It had been too many years since the Board of Education guidelines on class size were revisited in light of changing demands resulting from new curriculum and an increasingly diverse student population. But with ongoing emphasis on increased rigor we believe that class sizes in our middle and high schools must also be reduced as quickly as possible to facilitate the success of every student. The addition of 40 teacher positions is another step in the right direction, but does not adequately address the pressing needs at the secondary level. During the period of transition, as resources necessary to attain appropriate class sizes are accrued, we continue to urge MCPS to provide more paraeducators to enhance instruction
As MCPS continues with the new Grading and Reporting initiative, the need to reduce class sizes throughout the system from early childhood to high school will become MORE crucial. MCPS has put into place many new programs to meet the needs of our diverse populations; we are glad that they have added the county-wide class size reduction as a component of an overall strategy for serving the needs of all of our children.
We look forward to continuing to work with the Board of Education, the