DODEA schools to increase average class sizes, shed 300 jobs in bid to free up funds

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Geometry students use a rope to show how to calculate a triangle during class at Naples High School near Naples, Italy. The Department of Defense Education Activity plans to increase class sizes in its middle and high schools next year, a decision that would reduce staff by about 300.  SCOTT WYLAND/STARS AND STRIPES
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Geometry students use a rope to show how to calculate a triangle during class at Naples High School near Naples, Italy. The Department of Defense Education Activity plans to increase class sizes in its middle and high schools next year, a decision that would reduce staff by about 300. SCOTT WYLAND/STARS AND STRIPES

DODEA schools to increase average class sizes, shed 300 jobs in bid to free up funds

by: Jennifer H. Swan | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: January 10, 2019

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – The Department of Defense Education Activity plans to increase average class sizes in its middle and high schools next year and expects to shed about 300 “excess” jobs at the end of the school year.

The change in staffing standards – the first in about 10 years – is necessary to free up more funds for school needs from a budget top-heavy with payroll expenses, DODEA said.

Class sizes in the military’s school system vary dramatically based on school sizes and class demand, from more than 30 in some cases to fewer than 10, students and teachers say.

About 8,700 educators serve more than 70,000 students in DODEA, according to October data.

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