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New supports in oversized kindergarten classes

The UFT filed a union-initiated grievance when members informed it that there was confusion regarding kindergarten class size and that the contractual class-size limit of 25 was not being adhered to in many schools. As a resolution to that grievance, the Department of Education and the UFT have agreed to a stipulation of settlement.

For this school year only, the following additional supports will be provided for kindergarten teachers whose classes are oversized:

• If there are 26 students in the class, the teacher will receive one extra prep period a week.

• If there are 27 students in the class, the DOE will supplement the teacher for half of the school day with one of the following staff members: a paraprofessional or substitute paraprofessional, or a school-based teacher, teacher in the ATR pool or substitute teacher to work with the regularly assigned teacher.

• If there are 28 or more students enrolled in the class, the DOE will supplement the teacher for the full school day with one of the following staff members: a paraprofessional or substitute paraprofessional, or a school-based teacher, teacher in the ATR pool or substitute teacher to work with the regularly assigned teacher.

These additional requirements will be in place as long as the class is over the 25-student limit this year, and the support will be adjusted accordingly if the class reduces in size during the school year.

Class-size grievances regarding other grades continue to follow the regular process.

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