Class-Size Rise Seen by City, Teachers

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(Wall Street Journal) — Class sizes in New York City public schools are the most bloated they have been in a decade, as budget cuts have sliced teachers from the system, the teachers union said Thursday.  The city acknowledged that final class-size numbers would show more crowded classrooms, but it blamed a $1.7 billion drop in state and federal aid.  “We believe that getting effective teachers into every classroom is the most important stepping stone to student success, and we will continue to work toward that goal,” an education department spokesman, Frank Thomas, said.

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