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 1498 – Lowers 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Request to be added to the CSC Newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest developments on class size matters.