Oregon Class Size 4th Largest in Nation
New figures just out today from the National Center for Education Statistics peg Oregon's public school class sizes as fourth-largest in the country.
Only Utah, California and Nevada packed more students per class during 2008-09, the new figures suggest.
Oregon had 19.2 students for every teacher -- 22 percent more students than the national average of 15.8 students per teacher.
And as The Oregonian reported Sunday, the state's high schools classrooms are even more crammed, with 19.9 students for every high school teacher on staff, including special education teachers and other specialists who work with a small number of students.
Oregon's per-student spending is about 7 percent percent below the national average. Its pupil-teacher ratio is so far above national norms mainly because school employees' total pay and benefits -- particularly their health and retirement packages -- are above the national average.
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Posted on July 08, 2010
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