Who Are We?

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Class Size Counts is a community group advocating for class sizes that allow every child to thrive throughout their years in Fairfax County public schools.

We believe that overly-large classes diminish children’s educational experiences and
that every student deserves to be in a learning environment that is engaging, challenging and safe.

We are committed to ensuring that Fairfax County teachers are allowed to spend more time teaching and less time having to manage problems that arise as a result of overcrowded classrooms.

We advocate for smaller class sizes in schools throughout the county by sharing information and lobbying at both the local and state level.

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS January 2017 ~ Timely Legislative Matters

There are three active 2017 VA Legislative Session Class Size Bills under development in Richmond. CSC has worked with teachers, parents and lawmakers to produce 3 support flyers explaining the bills in detail and advocate for needed responsible change with class size issues:

CSC for HB1498 flyer– lower state class size caps

Support HB2173 flyer – science lab class size limits due for safety sake

Support HB2174 flyer – transparency on middle and high school class sizes.

Help CSC and these officials advocate for more bi-partisan support of the following:

1) HB 1498Lowers elementary school class size caps from 29 to 28 in Kindergarten, 30 to 28 in Grades 1-3, and 35 to 29 in Grades 4-6.  Delegate Jim LeMunyon (67th District) is the Chief Patron, Delegate Mark Keam (35th District) is the Chief Co-Patron, and Delegates Jennifer Boysko (86th District), Kaye Kory (38th District) and J. Randall Minchew (10th District) are Co-Patrons.

In this bill, 4th through 6th grade class size caps would be reduced from 35 to 29 students and KG through 3rd grade caps would be reduced to 28 students.

Delegate Kathleen Murphy (34th District) is the Chief Patron, and Senator Janet D. Howell (32nd District), John J. Bell (87th District),  Delegate Jim LeMunyon and Delegate Mark Keam are Co-Patrons on HB 2173 & HB 2174.

2. HB 2173

HB 2173 would cap science lab classes at 24 students, consistent with safety recommendations by the American Chemistry Society, the National Science Teachers Association, and the National Science Education Leadership Association.

3. HB 2174

HB 2174 would include two reporting requirements so that all Virginia public middle and high schools publish and report their core academic class sizes. Although some middle and high schools provide this information to VA DOE voluntarily, many, including FCPS middle and high schools, generally do not. Without the knowledge of actual core academic class sizes, Virginia public school administrators cannot implement effective measures to improve instruction and ensure educational quality and safe learning environments.

Contact CSC via email: classsizecounts@gmail.com. Request to be added to the CSC Newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest developments on class size matters.

9 thoughts on “Who Are We?

  1. My 2nd grader had 30-33 students in each of the FCPS 2nd grade classrooms. That is not acceptable. Given the ESL students and special need students in the class that is just way too much for any one teacher to handle! The students that are eager to learn become bored. There are more discipline issues that arise and no real way to handle it as the Administration remains hands off! FCPS is a top ranked public school system, but we still have serious issues with class sizes and discipline.

    1. Good students would not be bored if the classes were stratified such that good students would be in one class, intermediate students in another, and poor students in a third (or as many divisions as a school supports). In addition, poor students would not be frustrated by trying to compete with good students. Teachers could also adapt their teaching methods to the skills of the students.

  2. I agree with Elizabeth Schultz and we as a community need to elect officials to the school board who will focus on class size and adjust resources so that kids in the excessively large classes can learn.

  3. I teach special education Algebra and Algebra I Part I in a high school and one of my self contained Part I classes (I am the only SpEd Part I teacher) and I now have 14 kids in that class. 14 kids in a self contained class, with kids that are in self contained, lets just say, for a very good reason. Also, 2 of them barely speak any English! I am so overwhelmed on how I am going to reach each of these kids, they deserve and need so much more than I think am going to be able to provide them in this setting.

  4. My 5th grader had 36 students in his class this year 2015-2015 until I got the school board involved and Dr. Garza. One student was moved out of the class to be within state legal limit of 35. I do feel as though my concerns were listened to once I reached superintendent level. The school was visited by an executive principle and the class observed. No changes are being made this school year. It is RIDICULOUS!!!

  5. I want to applaud the efforts of Class Size Counts. Class size and pervasive discipline problems (or rather a lack of appropriate classroom management techniques) are two factors that contributed to our exodus from the school district. Fairfax County School Administrators take zero responsibility for the no-win conditions they saddle their teachers with. A school district of Fairfax County’s stature should be embarrassed by this problem– the current substandard educational setting in the schools (hardly the “world-class education” the school district touts!) Having had contact with public school districts across the country I can ensure you that Class Size really does Count!!!

  6. We moved from FCPS in 2013 to a reputable school district near Seattle. My children have consistently had between 19-24 students in their classes here and it is SO much better. Looking back on our years at FCPS with 30 students per class, it was disgraceful. My children have learned so much more here than they ever did in FCPS. Sad to say, but we are looking to get transferred back east and I won’t even consider FCPS again.

  7. I was a Kindergarten and first grade teacher in FCPS for 5 years. The large class sizes make it very difficult to differentiate the curriculum to meet each child at their level. Teachers are leaving for other nearby counties where class size is smaller and teacher pay is larger. We are losing valuable teachers and the children are paying the price.

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