O'Connell notes high numbers in middle school classes:
should we be doing something about it?
Allen: what you're seeing...trying to maximize number of students have
middle schools have a six period day; four classes of students (125 students over that); high schools have a seven period day
in better budgetary times, could increase number of teachers to spread out number of students per class to bring down class size
O'Connell: is there a tax on student energy though he's talking about having 140 students, which isn't indicated here
Allen: not carrying that many students unless they have chosen to
O'Connell: is that the best answer?
Allen: it is done because there is a need for that to happen at that school; up to now, teachers have been very willing to take that extra period