first_imgAt nearly 2,100 students, Sierra Vista has a 36-to-1 student to teacher ratio. Sierra Vista Principal Jackie White said the ideal ratio for students to teacher is 25-to-1. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BALDWIN PARK – Two low-performing schools in Baldwin Park Unified were awarded millions of dollars as part of a state effort to help struggling schools decrease class size, hire new teachers and improve teacher development opportunities. Geddes Elementary School and Sierra Vista High School were among seven low-performing distict schools eligible, but based on a lottery they were the only two schools to receive funding through the Quality Education Investment Act. The school district is slated to receive receive nearly $17 million over the next seven years – Sierra Vista High received the bulk of the money at $13.1million because it was awarded $1,000 per student. The QEIA money is the result of a settlement of a lawsuit between the state superintendent and the California Teachers Association against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for failing to properly fund Proposition 98 during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 budget years. The proposition guaranteed a minimum level of funding for public schools. “It is a chance to discuss best practices and up-to-date strategies,” said Lynne Kennedy, associate superintendent. She said having the extra money will give the schools the resources to improve English Learner education and after-school programs geared to help struggling students. Teacher development opportunities will also be funded. Training sessions with education experts are viewed as a luxury item on the district’s budget, but teachers view it as a necessity, school officials said. The critical area that Kennedy and the schools’ principals noted was class-size reduction. The QEIA funds will help by hiring new teachers and buying bungalows for classrooms. last_img

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