Large Class Sizes an Issue for Duluth Teachers

By KBJR News 1

July 26, 2013 Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 9:56 AM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- Large class sizes in several Duluth schools have teachers rallying for change.

The Duluth Teachers Union is asking the district to lower class sizes at a time when many Duluth teachers are seeing class sizes ranging from 40 to 50 students.

Teachers are asking for a cap of 160 students within a five class day.

The teachers union says if the school is not able to accommodate the reduction in class size, they propose that teachers be paid extra -up to one-sixth of their salary.

District officials say this year's budget did not include a cap on class size...but they agree that class size need to be reduced.

District spokespeople say they want to work with the teachers union to come to an agreement on the issue.

"Negotiations have been cordial, they have been professional in nature and again, we have a lot of common issues we have mutual interests in resolving."

Negotiations are also taking place for health care benefits as the district wants teachers to start paying 20 percent toward their premiums.
Currently they pay nothing.

Sworski says the talks will continue through the summer, but that he is confident they will come to an agreement.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
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