Also on the legislative agenda today: proper public education
Legislative education committees hear another today in a series of reports from the Bureau of Legislative Research. The central question: does the state spend enough to provide a proper education, what does the state constitution require?
Superintendents say they could use more money. Lawmakers would probably respond, “That’s what they always say.
Data compiled by the Office today shows, for example, that districts are understaffed in a variety of specific areas, as outlined in standards recommended by outside consultants for maximum class sizes. Part of the problem arises when districts barely have too many students. Let’s say the maximum number of students for an elementary class should be 25 by the recommended standards, if there are 26, a district should hire an additional teacher. This standard is not met in all cases. Figures showed that shortages of adequate classroom staff were greatest at primary and secondary levels.
Librarian staffing figures, to name just one individual area, have shown that charter schools fall further short of staffing standards than conventional public schools.
This hearing is ongoing. It will be fully available for viewing once completed.