Small class sizes in the early grades are proven to benefit students and improve performance. In New Jersey’s Abbott districts, class sizes through third grade are limited, but other districts have no such restrictions. As a result of Gov. Christie’s budget cuts and the many layoffs that followed, class sizes are actually growing, to the detriment of student learning.
Because student learning must be central to any education reform agenda, NJEA will support legislation to limit class sizes in all districts, not just the Abbott districts, so that all students have the benefit of increased individual attention early in their school careers.