Can Lowering Class Size Help Integrate Schools? Maybe, According to New Research
June 6, 2018
By: Matt Barnum
Efforts to racially integrate schools in big city districts often face a basic dilemma: There simply aren’t many white students in the system, as families have opted for private school or left for the suburbs.
But a recent study suggests a concrete way that schools can attract and keep white families, while also boosting student achievement: lower class sizes. That approach drew in tens of thousands of students from California’s private schools into the public system, according to the research.
It’s an extremely expensive move, since it means hiring more teachers for more classrooms.