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San Diego County, CA November 2, 2010 Election
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Optimal Class Sizes

By Bob Duff

Candidate for Board Member; La Mesa Spring Valley Elementary School District

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As an educator, Bob is still committed to maintaining the lowest reasonable pupil to teacher ratio for optimum learning.
All realize budget reductions have been cause for increases in class sizes. Still Bob will work to keep the K-3 close to 20 and the lowest possible ratio in the 4-5 grade level Class Sizes

No Child Left Behind

Basically, this Act provides support learning in the early years and provides more information for parents about their child's progress. Fundamentally it is designed to improve teaching and learning by providing better information to teachers and administration and ensuring that teacher quality is a high priority. Within the Act there are more resources to schools allowing more flexibility to focus on what works.

To sort through the educational "garboldegook" in order to determine how it is affecting LMSV is a chore in itself. The bottom line is that there are provisions for money to grant assistance to the schools that test students, provide support for students who are not performing at grade level, and afford greater communication to the parents. LMSV is doing that. It remains to be seen if the federal government will keep their end of the bargain.

The "left behind" aspect for Bob implies that the district do something to make sure that students are achieving at grade level. It does not imply that students should not be held back if the skills are not present. All too often social promotions have taken place in districts passing on the student without the skills because the student has reached the social age of the class. Students learn how to "get by". Bob has worked with students in high school, who could not read at a 2nd grade level and had no idea what a fraction was. He has witnessed students graduating from high school who could not read a ruler to measure the size of a standard sheet of paper. We need to do what we can to make sure that all students promoting from our elementary school district can read and compute at grade level.

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