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Old 12-16-2014, 07:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Forest_Hills_Daddy View Post
That second adult that you mentioned is the crucial element. In the affluent suburbs and Manhattan private schools, this is a professional teachers assistant - ie, one who is as good as the teacher. Effectively having a good TA cuts the class size in half (28 becomes 14). Otherwise, even a good teacher will be overwhelmed managing a class of 25+.

In many schools (esp. in Queens), TAs are being cut to pay for curriculum consultants, staff development and "enrichment" programs. Money that could have been used to retain TAs was spent on free PK. The problem even good teachers face when they lose their TAs is that it takes one student acting up for the class to get out of control - by the time things have settled you already lose 10 minutes out of a 40-45 minute class and have less time for coursework. Then there will always be students who struggle and consume a teacher's attention (which is a common complaint that good students are the ones who are underserved). The more students you have, the more struggling students you also have.

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Old 12-16-2014, 09:09 AM
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Sell the coop. You should be able to get pretty good money for it. Move to Westchester (if you need to be near NYC.)

Originally Posted by allnaturalkiki View Post
My sons school has 16 students and 2 teachers. I just don't really like the public schools in NYC and my parents were public school teachers for 30 years. I get the higher the income the better the schools. I live in lower harlem. I don't pay much because I inherited my co-op from my grandparents but many people who rent in my building pay between 2k-3k a month for all that the schools should be a little bit better. I know that isn't much to pay compared to the rest of NYC but still all my neighbors work decent jobs and are in the middle class range. I just wanted to know how the average NYer finds a decent education for their child.
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