Teachers and parents complained of soaring class sizes — 45 in one fifth-grade class — at a Lodi, California school board meeting, reports the Lodi News-Sentinel. School started last week in the Central Valley district.
Trustees were expected to approve waivers to allow an average of 35 students in K-3. Till recently, K-3 classes had only 20 students.
Already, Lodi has a junior high drama class with 50 students and a P.E. class with 84 students. High school classes average in the high 30s and low 40s.
Lodi Unified teachers rejected a 2 percent pay cut and furlough days; they are working without a contract. Teachers with less seniority have been laid off.