Class Sizes Grow In Baltimore County High Schools

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — The decision to cut nearly 200 teaching positions in Baltimore County schools has left more students packed into classrooms with 30 or more students.

The Baltimore Sun has analyzed class size data across the county’s high schools. It shows about a third of all classes at Dulaney, Towson and Pikesville high schools have 30 or more students.

County high schools dropped about 700 of their 9,200 classes after the cuts. The Sun found nearly all 26 high schools lost teaching positions, but the lowest-performing schools were protected.

Donald Peccia, the head of human resources for county schools, says he wasn’t aware of how many classes had 30 or more students.

Superintendent Joe Hairston decided to reduce the teaching staff last year to save $12 million in the budget.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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