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LAUSD superintendent calls for check on large classes



Hundreds of Los Angeles Unified School District classes have enrollments of over 45 students, new data from the district shows.
Hundreds of Los Angeles Unified School District classes have enrollments of over 45 students, new data from the district shows.
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Citing criticism of large class sizes, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Ramon Cortines sent school administrators new data on Tuesday that show many middle school and high school classes have over 45 students.

“As schools prepare for their master schedule of next fall, this report will assist in keeping class sizes in line,” Cortines wrote in a memo to the LAUSD school board, principals and district leaders.

The inventory of spring courses shows class sizes for middle and high schools broken down by numbers of students in the courses and subject area, such as English and math.

Classes with 45-plus students, on the extreme end of enrollments, numbered nearly 1,500 in middle schools and more than 1,200 in high schools.

The data, prepared by LAUSD's Office of Data and Accountability, also detailed the class sizes of individual campuses. On the top end, Cleveland Charter High School has 75 classes of 45-plus students while Chatsworth Charter High School has 69 classes in this category. 

Cortines told administrators to expect the report of middle and high school class sizes every month. Class sizes for the lower grades, he said, didn’t raise his concern because their sizes are "more uniform."

LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines' Class Size Memo