Sue Edelman has a piece in the NY Post on the loopholes in the class size law that might be used. For those wondering, there are four major exemptions:
The exemptions cover: lack of space, “over-enrolled” programs, a shortage of licensed teachers, and schools in “severe economic distress.”
The class size limits for NYC:
The law, signed by Gov. Hochul last September, caps kindergarten through third-grade classes at 20 students, fourth through eighth grade at 23, and high school at 25.
The law is being phased in over the next five years.
Under the law, the city must have 20% of classes meet the caps by 2023-24, and 40% by 2024-25.
“We are on track to be in compliance for years 1 and 2,” according to the DOE.
But compliance must increase to 60% in the third year, 80% in the fourth year, and 100% by 2027-28.
That will require a massive effort to recruit a projected 7,000 new teachers at an estimated cost of $1 billion a year.
This is my favorite part of the article:
Under the law, all exemptions must be approved by both the teachers’ union and the principals’ union. If the three entities can’t agree, an arbitrator will decide.
Does anyone want to put their crystal ball to work? Will NYC be in compliance by 2027? We can check in 2027-28.
This blog not so boldly predict the answer will be no but I want to be wrong. Then again, if you put different UFT leadership in power, I might change my mind.