Class sizes of 60. DETROIT (AP) -- State education officials have ordered the emergency financial manager for Detroit Public Schools to immediately implement a plan that balances the district's books by closing half its schools. The Detroit News says the financial restructuring plan will increase high school class sizes to 60 students and consolidate operations. Detroit Schools Closing: Michigan Officials Order Robert Bobb To Shut Half The City's Schools This is not intended as an indictment of Detroit, of the governor, of the state itself, of the teachers or of the unions. It's everyone's fault and it's no one's fault. The town went belly-up for multiple reasons. Bad contracts, sure, but Detroit also lost a huge percentage of their population and another huge percentage of those remaining have no jobs and pay no taxes as a result. I would appreciate it if this thread did not turn into a fault finding mission or a finger pointing exercise. There are several other threads available for that or someone can start one if they're unhappy with those already available. I want to know where everyone expects this to move forward to...what they think is going to happen to the children (gasp! yes, I know.....Not THE CHILDREN.) But this IS about the children. Not just Detroit's children but all of our children. The end result of any cutbacks, salary freezes, tax cuts, pension removals, etc., is going to be that class size increases as the number of teachers decreases. And so, my questions are these - how do kids learn anything in a class of 60? How does a teacher even teach 60 kids at one time? Do you think that good teachers will even stay on the job when the reality of trying to get to know and contain this ungodly number of kids becomes their primary concern and teaching is, out of physical necessity, relegated to the back burner. To those of you who are parents or grandparents, is this satisfactory to you? Are you ok with your child being 1 of 60? Do you think he or she will get a good quality education sitting in a classroom designed for half the number of bodies now crammed into it? The logistics of even a parent/teacher conference day boggles my mind. An entire day of scheduled conferences would allow each child's parent a whole 5 minutes of the teacher's time. You are talking about forcing teachers not only to take pay cuts, pay more in health and pension benefits, but to work twice, maybe three times as hard and take on several hours more worth of work each day just in grading papers and checking assignments. Is this acceptable to you, as parents? As citizens who are going to be impacted by the kind of graduates set loose upon graduation? If not - what are the solutions?