Special Report: Subtraction By Addition
The board for Traverse City Area Public Schools recently voted to increase class sizes to save money. But TCAPS isn't the only district forced to increase class sizes — rather, it's just the latest. Adding more students to the classroom is happening at schools across Michigan. With the state's school funding system in crisis, districts are often forced to lay off teachers. Fewer staff members, means adding more students to each classroom. Superintendents, teachers, and lawmakers agree that when class sizes go up, individual learning goes down. Teachers say increasing class sizes puts some students at risk to fall through the cracks, and schools at risk for drops in enrollment. Erika Waddell and photojournalist Justin DePrekel have more details in this special report.