Class Size Increases at Risk During Vista Mediation Session

Increases may be automatically implemented to help close a $12 million budget gap

By Lauren Steussy
|  Friday, Aug 3, 2012  |  Updated 9:13 AM PDT
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Vista Activists Protest Class Size Increases

Education activists gathered as a negotiations mediation session began between the Vista Teachers Association and the Vista Unified School District Friday morning.

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Education activists gathered in front of the Vista Unified School District office Friday morning as negotiations began between the district and the teacher's union.

The parents, students and teachers protested increases to class sizes proposed by the district in lieu of this year's $12 million budget gap.

The negotiations between the district and the Vista Teachers Association (VTA) have stalled, and with only a few weeks before school starts, the class size increases may be implemented automatically, according to our media partners, the North County Times.

Friday, the two will participate in a mediation session. The activists who gathered outside the office hope the session will result in an agreement on classroom sizes.

Without current class size protections, the district would be free to match neighboring districts, where 42 or more students are crammed into a single room," said VTA President Barbara Franklin in a statement before the protest.

The VTA said the mediation session will be the last chance for the teachers and boardmembers to make a decision on class sizes.

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