Philissa Cramer, managing editor at Gotham Schools, talks on "The Brian Lehrer Show" about disputes over teachers. She says Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg may have been playing a little fast and loose with his numbers as he spun out a hypothetical redesign of the school system. And she explains what is behind the growing protest by principals who object to using test scores for teacher evaluations.
A teacher from Queens said even the best can handle only so many students before losing the personal attention that he says is key to good learning.
"Just the difference between a class of 34 and a class of 28 is fairly drastic, as a teacher," he said. "To think of having 60 kids, there's no time for any personal attention, and that's exactly what our kids need."
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