Education

Class size reduction motivates striking teachers, but is it worth the high cost?

Michelle Levin, a teacher at Daniel Webster Middle School in west Los Angeles, says she teaches 33 students per class — which is low for L.A. Unified School District standards. On the first day of the teachers' strike, Levin walked the picket line outside the school where she teaches holding her
Michelle Levin, a teacher at Daniel Webster Middle School in west Los Angeles, says she teaches 33 students per class — which is low for L.A. Unified School District standards. On the first day of the teachers' strike, Levin walked the picket line outside the school where she teaches holding her "picket umbrella" in addition to her traditional picket sign.
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Los Angeles teachers union members have made a class-size reduction central to their demands during their strike against the L.A. Unified School District.

The demand is hugely popular with the rank and file. But researchers say measuring the benefits of class-size reduction can get complicated.

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