I will do a write-up of the BEX IV Work Session held yesterday later today (if possible).
I did want to let you know that Directors Carr and Patu are back from their tour of the Anaheim school district. Both were quite enthused and apparently could not find anyone to say anything bad or worrisome about Superintendent Banda.
Carr mentioned going into classrooms where math was being taught. The math program they use integrates the use of technology and she said it was great to see how the teacher moved through the room with her iPad and sent info to the kids' desks. She was excited to see kids very engaged in learning.
She also pointed out, in terms of the BEX discussion, that Anaheim has 650-700 seat schools (this is K-6) and some go up to 900. She said it sounds large but that the schools seemed well-run, not crowded and not chaotic. She mentioned a class size of 30 which I know has been an issue in that district.
Her point is not that we necessarily have to have elementary schools that size but that the small model is not, from an operational standpoint, viable given the costs. With the advent of BEX IV, we will be seeing larger elementary schools and this is the way of the future.