Overcrowded Classrooms Cause Concern for Parents - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/20/02

Overcrowded Classrooms Cause Concern for Parents

"As a parent my concern is safety," says parent, Diana Malone. So when Malone noticed there were too many kids in her son's class, she went to the principal. "They assured me they're doing everything they can about the situation, however in the meantime we still have 26 kids with one teacher," she says.

L.I.S.D. says they look at spring enrollment to estimate the numbers for the fall. But it's not always exact. This year, there are some classes that are larger than expected, and the state says they need to fix the problem ASAP. "Every district in the state of Texas looks at state law which says that in kindergarten through fourth grade you'll have a Pupil Teacher Ratio, PTR of one teacher for every 22 students," says Ann Graves, L.I.S.D.'s Deputy Superintendent for Elementary Education.

Graves says they're in the process of making minor changes, and shuffling around students and teachers. "We are starting to monitor, we're visiting campuses, we're talking with principals, we're in classrooms. Where we see there could be a potential problem," says Graves. "We just need a little bit of time."

That's not soon enough for Malone. She already transferred her son to another elementary school with less children. L.I.S.D. will begin making changes by the end of the week, and they're asking parents to be patient in the meantime. The district will continue making changes for the next couple weeks.

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