Cory Heidelberger is in spin mode again as the real problem of small class size regarding the teacher issue in South Dakota is being discussed more and more often:
Smaller class sizes are worth spending some money. Smaller class sizes are also unavoidable in smaller districts where fluctuations from grade to grade may have the lone fourth-grade teacher working with sixteen kids one year and just eight the next. Check the expenditure-per-student data for South Dakota schools, and you'll see most of the big spenders are smaller districts, while most of the big districts (which can more easily smooth out fluctuating student populations across classrooms) are on the lower end of the expenditure rankings.
Mitchell superintendent Joe Graves was hinting at the class size issue last week when he proposed solving the teacher shortage by getting rid of more public school teachers. If they have to pay teachers more, South Dakota Republicans would love to do it by paying fewer teachers.
I spent the first five years of school in a one room country school with one teacher and eight grades. I still managed to obtain a masters in accounting. Clearly the smaller schools can get by with fewer teachers, by combing grades. By doing so, we can pay the good ones more, get rid of the slackers, and the quality of education will be the better for it. We can also get rid of the teachers that shares Cory Heidelberger's mission to implement a student revolution that is designed to completely destroy South Dakota's Constitutional Republic.