We moved to La Cañada in the summer of '09 not only because we wanted our children to attend the schools, but to also be part of this great La Cañada community.
Now in our second year in LCUSD, we are appalled to see 24 kids in the classroom of our first-grader. We are extremely concerned about the impact on the learning environment. If classrooms are crowded, supplies are unavailable and teachers are overworked, how can the district continue to provide the best for our students?
The district officials cite "declining enrollment" and "rising costs" as factors that required the increase in class sizes. The district officials further explain that the allowing permit nonresidents to attend our schools help reduce class sizes. What? The number of permit students has jumped to 10% in the district. I understand Palm Crest's permit student population is up 18% and Palm Crest's first-grade is up 26%.