In their recent newsletter, Class Size Counts (CSC) calls for help to support VA HB1377 to lower class sizes:
VA State legislators are considering a bill that would cap elementary school class sizes at 30 students! Current state law says classes can go up to 35 students—making VA Elementary caps one of the largest in the nation.
The VA proposed HB1377 also would cap English classes through high school at 30 students and all science labs in middle and high school at 24 students!
Right now, there is no cap for any middle or high school class, just an average of 24 students for each English class.
This bill will help make sure all class caps are within 20-25% of state class size averages and make sure science labs maintain safety standards of 24 so that we don’t have a repeat incident like the Woodson HS chemistry fire this year.
Please support CSC efforts by emailing your Fairfax Representatives in the VA General Assembly to show your support for VA HB1377. Please also share this email more widely within your community so that more parents advocate for this bill in support of lower VA class sizes.
Enclosed find a template email you may use to contact Fairfax Representatives to the VA General Assembly, asking them to support HB 1377. Please also distribute the template letter to your contacts within your schools and encourage them to send emails to our Fairfax Representatives within the General Assembly.
Please also THANK Fairfax Delegate and Chief Sponsor Jim LeMunyon and Chief co-patron Mark Keam for their efforts to support HB1377.
CSC also wishes to express our thanks to YOU, our Liaisons, for your ongoing efforts to support important class size matters. Class Size DOES count, and we cannot do this without your support.
Dana Jackins & Jo Neuber
co-Chairs, Class Size Counts