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School Calendar to Grow, Class Sizes to Shrink, Capo Superintendent Predicts

After two years of less than a full 180 school days and larger-than-average class sizes, Farley sees positive change ahead.

Superintendent Joseph Farley Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo
Superintendent Joseph Farley Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo

Barring some unexpected gyrations from Sacramento, Capistrano Unified should receive enough state funding to return to a full 180-day academic calendar next year and start reducing class sizes.

That was the word from Superintendent Joseph Farley, who met with parents Wednesday as part of his periodic forums he hosts.

The district dipped below the standard 180 days in 2012-13, to 175 days, as officials struggled with an incredibly tight budget. In fact, had Prop. 30 not passed that year, the district was prepared to shorten the school year by an additional two weeks.

Then for this year, the school board restored two days in June, but left three furlough days on the calendar.

In addition, class sizes – which grew in 2012-13 – only nominally shrank this year.

Farley, however, sees better days ahead.

“Getting back to the 180 days, reducing class size and eliminating furlough days are the priority,” he said. “I think all of them are priority No. 1 and pretty much they have to go hand in hand. … We want to get back to where we were.”

Several parents at the meeting voiced concern that class sizes interfere with a teacher’s ability to teach to the various levels of readiness in a classroom.

While Farley agreed that class sizes give pause, the students continue to score well in testing.

He also said class sizes won’t shrink overnight.

“Ideally they should be significantly lower. Maybe we’ll have to work our way to it,” Farley said.

shelly January 21, 2014 at 12:20 AM
Dawn, Read back on your comments. You say the same thing over and over and over again. I have asked you many questions that you have not answered. Read back Like what is your definition of fair and equal? Do you believe the teachers of Las Palmas are overcompensated? The CUSD budget has been cut $140 million dollars. The biggest cuts came at the expense of the employees. Employees still do not make as much as they did 5 years ago. Do you believe all the cuts should come from employees? Do you feel that citizens have no responsibility in helping with a budget that does not cover everything? You sacrifice nothing but demand that others sacrifice for our child. You state, ""You educators are arrogant, self serving, annoying and ignorant " and yet you send your child to be educated by these educators. What exactly is your solutions? Do you believe we should just keep cutting the teachers' and school site employees' pay and taking away their benefits? I am asking and Shripathi has asked you this so please answer. Do you believe this will improve education and inspire good candidates to become educators? Do you believe that CA funds education adequately?
fact checker January 21, 2014 at 01:45 AM
No Dawn I don't think teachers are being paid more. Perhaps you will address my questions about the difference between average teacher salary and actual teacher salary. Do you understand the difference?
fact checker January 21, 2014 at 01:46 AM
I have asked this question many times and you refuse to answer it.


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