The High Cost of Increasing Class Size

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A new report from a centrist policy group called the Hamilton Project concludes that cutting state education costs by increasing class sizes is a classic case of false economy-saving some money in the short run, but at a big price over the long haul. The authors estimate that the increase in the number of pupils per teacher nationwide from 2009 to 2011 will translate into a loss of $49.3 billion in lifetime earnings for every year this class-size increase lasts. In contrast, they estimate the budget savings from shrinking the teacher workforce and increasing class size at just $11.8 billion per year.

Check out their analysis here:…

You also can read a Washington Post article on this study:…


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