If you are like most folks new to this form of advocacy you probably think its both difficult and expensive to prevent the impact. And you probably don’t need a lawyer or any other professionals.
The reason is that its easy is because few issues generate as much public ire as the prospect of development causing school overcrowding.
If you’re concerned about how growth may affect schools anywhere in the USA then contact CEDS at 410-654-3021 (call-text) or [email protected] an initial no-cost discussion of strategy options.
Development is not the only reason why schools become overcrowded, but it is the most preventable.
Note that the pupil:teacher ratio is NOT the same as average class size.
For example, to get average class size for grades K-3, one must add 9 or 10 students to the pupil:teacher ratio.Second, policymakers should exhibit particular caution in schools in which the low-income and/or minority populations are large.The challenges faced by schools with very high minority, low socioeconomic status and potentially English-learner populations (as found in California) are likely to differ from schools where this demographic does not make up as large of a proportion of the students (as found in Wake County, North Carolina). By development we mean proposals to build new shopping centers, housing projects, highways, and so forth.But when it comes to school impacts we’re mostly talking about residential development.The multi-track year-round calendar has therefore gained the reputation of being a cost-saving remedy to school crowding.As an additional motivation, many researchers and policymakers have argued that by redistributing the summer break, year-round school calendars could alleviate summer learning loss, the well-documented loss of knowledge that students experience in the summer months spent out of school on a traditional calendar.By turning public ire into political momentum you can get reforms enacted which allow your locality to continue reaping the benefits of growth without having a negative impact to schools.In fact, done right, the reforms should improve the quality of education. We have a webpage devoted to the approach where you’ll find detailed advice on how to make it work for you: Equitable Solutions webpage.By the 2024-2025 school year, the number of students attending public schools will increase by 6%. Nevada will experience a 26% increase in enrollment by 2024 while that of West Virginia will decline by 11%.We assume you’re visiting this webpage because you’re concerned about how a proposed development project may impact local schools.