Study Says Class Size isn't Tied to Student Learning

By: Heather Biance Email
By: Heather Biance Email

A new Harvard University study says Florida's class-size amendment has had no effect on student achievement.

Officials with the Florida Education Association (The statewide teacher's union) dismissed the study released Friday as "biased" because it came from a Harvard program linked to former Governor Jeb Bush.

Bush has been a longtime advocate of privatizing Florida's Education system.

Several students we talked to say they don't agree with the findings of the study.

"I definitely am surprised because when you're in a smaller class setting you do have that personal attention. Ya know, the teacher and student relationship" says Tallahassee resident Kimberly Perez.

"I personally was a shyer kid when I was growing up and to have a smaller classroom really made it easier to interact with the students, interact with the teacher and be less nervous about my learning process," says Tallahassee resident Danica Sun.

The Legislature has placed a new amendment on the November 2nd ballot that would loosen class-size requirements.

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  • by lynn Location: dallas on May 20, 2010 at 01:09 PM
    Not every teacher is liberal and belongs to a union. As for the good ol' days... where kids were raised to say 'yes sir' or 'no sir', had respect for their elders, and were brought up with some manners. Those days are gone and those students are rare in public school. Teachers are surrounded by a completely different kind of student today. Short attention spans, bad manners, and willing to push the teacher as far as they can because there are limited consequences. I'm not a teacher but have helped out on field trips, and this is what I see when I volunteer. These are very different times and very different students.
  • by Patriot Location: Tx on May 17, 2010 at 07:55 AM
    Teachers unions dont care about kids education - there just liberals who know they can get the $$$$$$ out of the liberals in office.
  • by Michael Location: UK on May 17, 2010 at 02:43 AM
    Would a link to the actual study have been out of the question?
  • by WCTV Viewer Location: Georgia on May 16, 2010 at 11:06 AM
    I remember the good old days of school & teachers. Shoot, we had 30-40 students in my first grade class with ONE teacher and NO aids or volunteers to help her. There were about 6 really smart people in our class & they would study a lot with other or independently. Anyone needing special attention or had difficulties, our teacher would give a lot of one-to one. It worked well.
  • by tom Location: madison on May 15, 2010 at 09:42 AM
    Harvard is liberal......very liberal. The unions don't care about the quality of education, they only care about more teachers and more pay which is what they got while sticking it to us taxpayers
  • by Anonymous on May 15, 2010 at 05:28 AM
    Don`t believe everything that is said or promoted by Jeb Bush, Rand Corporation, The Heritage Foundation and other conservative funded, pro-conservative organizations. The public deserves the results from an impartial group.
  • by ccw Location: inyourface on May 15, 2010 at 05:24 AM
    It's all about the TEACHERS UNION . $$$$$$$$$
  • by Troy Location: Tallahassee on May 14, 2010 at 09:50 PM
    All hog wash, political lies as usual. If anyone believes this, they are ignorant!
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