This site aims to inform and mobilize Beverly parents to take an active role in all issues related to the funding and operation of the city's schools. It was launched in the spring of 2008, when the city saw its first-ever override attempt fail, followed by the closure of a nearly-new elementary school. Subsequent years have seen further cuts that have led to larger class sizes across the district. While the opening of an impressive new high school and plans to replace the city's aging middle school give us reason to be optimistic, the school community must be ever vigilant in demanding appropriate school funding by city and state governments, and better community communications from the district and School Committee.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Class Sizes Compared

The Salem News has a revealing article today that compares the average elementary school class size (grade 1-5 average) under Dr. Hayes proposal with other area cities and towns. It shows that Beverly's classes are already signifcantly larger than those cities, and under the new plan will jump dramatically higher.

Here are the statistics:
  • Salem: 18.6
  • Peabody: 20.5
  • Danvers: 20.8
  • Beverly (current): 22.6
  • Beverly (under redistricting plan): 26.6
You can read the entire story here:

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