Is this how a classroom should be?
Leading Republicans say that class size doesnâ€™t matter. At both the state and federal level, Republicans have voted against class size reduction. Republicans have:
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Opposed class size reduction initiatives. (Washington Post 11/12/99, Houston Chronicle 11/11/99)
Opposed the Democrats plan for 100,000 new teachers. (Washington Post 11/12/99,
Houston Chronicle 11/11/99)
Opposed the U.S. Department of Education.* One state Republican leader even proposed eliminating the state Superintendent of Public Instruction, replacing her with a political appointee.**
* Texas State Republican Platform, 2000, Washington State Republican Platform, 2000 ** Washington Institute 1991
Opposed keeping public funds in public schools by giving it to private or religious institutions. (Washington State Republican
Opposed giving teachers cost of living increases. (John Carlson, 9/28/00 Assoc. of WA Business Meeting)
On November 7, tell the Republicans, class size matters.
Teachers, Parents and Democrats know — smaller class size does make a difference. Smaller class size allows for more individualized attention, increases academic achievement and helps kids learn more.
Fortunately, Democrats: Support hiring 100,000 new, qualified teachers for our nation’s schools. Support keeping the U.S. Department of Education and a strong, independent state Superintendent of Public Instruction.
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Support keeping our public tax money in our public schools. Support good wages for teachers so we can attract qualified professionals. Support class size reduction initiatives.
89% of Washington voters agree with the Democrats — class size does make a difference.* *Lake, Snell Perry Poll 9/21/00
Support public education — vote Democrat.
Why is class size an important issue?
Washington state has the third highest class size, on average, in the nation, and only 19% of Washington fourth graders met all four academic standards on the state standardized tests.
No wonder Washington parents and families support candidates who support smaller class sizes. (Source: National Center for Educational Statistics).
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