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Friday, October 1, 2010
SFGate: The tragic loss of reduced class size
This from SFGate:
My grandmother's favorite poem ends with the line,
"For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: 'It might have been!' "
So much might have been so much better in California had Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and some feckless members of the Legislature not put their no-taxes pledge ahead of our children's destiny. With $17 billion in spending cuts in education over the past two years, many of the initiatives that were showing such promise are being axed by a penny-wise, pound-foolish set of policies.
In 1995, when I proposed cutting class sizes in kindergarten through third grade, then-Gov. Pete Wilson at first rejected the call, saying he had a better idea of what to do with the money, namely a tax cut. When the Legislature rejected that plan, Wilson graciously embraced reduced class size - phased in over six weeks!