It's a move that would quickly lead to increased class sizes, and it is a major threat to student achievement.
Common sense tells you that more students in each classroom means less individualized instruction for each student. For decades, smaller class sizes have helped narrow the achievement gap and increase student learning.
In fact, the best private schools in Tennessee show off their small class sizes and brag about the personalized education they can offer due to their low student-teacher ratios.
Why isn't this philosophy good enough for public school kids?
Sign our petition calling on Governor Bill Haslam to immediately withdraw his plan to increase Tennessee classroom sizes.
Update: An email from the state education flack
I wanted to bring to your attention an inaccuracy in your post from today: http://www.nashvillescene.com/pitw/archives/2012/02/08/dems-pounce-on-haslams-latest-dumb-idea
In it, you say, “Even Tennessee Democrats realize this is a stupid idea. We're talking about Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to lift the cap on class sizes in public schools.”
This statement is just not true. Gov. Haslam’s bill proposes to do away with the average maximum class size. This bill is all about allowing for local flexibility and control in districts, and does not in any way mandate larger class sizes. The maximum class size would remain the same. Please make that change to your story, so that it is factually accurate.
Tennessee Department of Education
Update II: House Democratic leader Craig Fitzhugh says Haslam's proposal would end state funding for 5,300 teaching jobs.