LA Teachers Highlight Growing Class Size Concerns

Teachers say some English classes, PE courses are reaching unmanageable levels.

Teachers and students at North Hollywood High School shared stories of overwhelming class sizes Tuesday morning to call attention to what their union has said is a harmful situation for students throughout Los Angeles Unified School District.

United Teachers Los Angeles, which represents most of the district’s educators, said in a statement its tens of thousands of members also wore stickers Tuesday at all campuses showing their class sizes, as the union puts pressure on LAUSD administrators during negotiations to ease the registration numbers.

"UTLA has presented bargaining proposals to LAUSD to lower class sizes and reduce the student/HHS ratio," the statement reads.

"We will be back at the bargaining table on Wednesday and we are sticking to our demands because students deserve smaller class sizes and more counselors, school nurses, librarians, school psychologists, psychiatric social workers and other HHS professionals."

North Hollywood High has struggled with overcrowded physical education classes and senior English classes.

The union had an often contentious relationship with John Deasy, who stepped down as district superintendent last week after a three-and-a-half year tenure.

Former Superintendent Ramon Cortines has stepped into the role as district chief on an interim basis.

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