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School District, Teachers Union Come Together For Kids

(Las Vegas, NV) — Raising student achievement for the students of the Clark County School District will take two things: more teachers and more classroom space.

Tuesday, representatives from the district as well as the Clark County Education Association joined together to discuss a new plan designed to lower classroom size.

“Insuring the success of every student is critical. The teacher and student have to have a positive educational relationship. It is difficult to forge those relationships for teachers who see a steady stream of 40 kids in each class,” says Interim CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky.

As part of ongoing reform efforts, the district has been providing more individualized instruction to students, especially those who struggle with English.

Angela is a student at James Cashman Middle School and even notices the problem for her teacher.

“There are 40 students in just one small room. I think it’s very hard for the teacher to focus on all of them because there is limited time in school,” Angela says.

The district is in the process of hiring 2,000 new teachers for the 2013-14 school year and that will be crucial in helping reduce class sizes.

“There is nothing that is more important than having a highly qualified teacher in every classroom, but more importantly is to be sure we have enough teachers,” says Stephen Augspurger, Executive Director of the Clark County Association of School Administrators.

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