My school is over crowded, really, really overcrowded and the kids keep coming. Thanks to NCLB, we got 8 new admits yesterday. It is now October 24 and classes are still being equalized.
Teacher A has a class that is a slightly higher level than mine that meets the exact same period. Teacher A has an enrollment of 45. The school knew this from day one but, since Teacher A's class is an elective, the school elected to only make one section and packed the kids in. Now the school has been accused of abusing the singleton rule and the class must be thinned out. Teacher A is a good guy. He doesn't want to hurt the kids. He took the lowest scoring group and added them to my roster, keeping them in his class. Teacher A now has a class well within class size limits. (My class is now at capacity.) Teacher A's class is within legal limits in name only. He still is teaching over 40 kids.
I spoke to my AP about this today. He started screaming some nonsense to me about how we have to do this to keep from going on a 14 period day. He then started blaming Teacher A for the problem (Teacher A did not create the class.) At this point I realized it was useless to talk to him and walked out.
One of the commenters on this blog always refers to schools like mine as "Packemin High". That is an understatement. Maybe more kids are transferring to my school so they won't be "left behind" but, from what I see, the way the school is headed we will be leaving them behind as well.