Thanks to the timely reporting of our chapter leaders, the union filed grievances on Sept. 18 on more than 3,500 oversize classes. The filing of grievances is the first step in the expedited arbitration process in our contract to get class-size violations addressed quickly. Although this year’s Day 10 count on Sept. 17 reflected 210 fewer oversize classes than last year, the classes were dispersed over more schools than in the past. Elementary and middle schools in Queens had a substantial uptick, with 119 more oversize classes than last year. A news story with the details will be coming next week. You can still file a class-size grievance, but only for new violations, and the regular time limits for all grievances will apply. Class size limitations are in Article 7M of the contract.
An updated story is at UFT.org with Chapter Leader quotes.
There are over 3,500 reported oversize classes this year but:
- We have a new Chancellor who is supposedly education oriented.
- We have many-many Absent Teacher Reserves available to teach classes who instead are substituting.
- We had an infusion of extra state aid this year. (Much of the funding is in addition to the universal Pre-K money.) Where did the money go? Not to the schools as budgets have been frozen.