Philadelphia school and city officials say the district will be forced to lay off teachers and possibly grow class sizes as large as 40 when students return in September, unless the state and city gives it more money.
But the district’s numbers don’t seem to add up.
With 8,390 teachers and 142,000 students, the Philadelphia School District has a teacher-to-student ratio that is almost identical to the national average. But the district’s superintendent has suggested class sizes in Philadelphia schools are significantly larger than the national average, and could soon grow larger still.
So where are all Philadelphia’s teachers? And why can’t the district avoid putting 40 students in a single classroom?
The district didn’t return multiple calls and emails asking those questions.
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