The Class Size Debate: Does Student To Teacher Ratio Really Matter?

01/21/2011 01:25 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The debate rages on: does decreasing the number of students in a classroom improve learning?

CNN's Ali Velshi invited two guests to square off on the class size debate.

Leonie Haimson, a New York City public school parent and the Executive Director of advocacy group Class Size Matters, argues that the student to teacher ratio is an important component in education.

Harvard researcher Matthew Chingos, who studied class sizes, found there was no direct correlation between how many Florida middle school students were in a class and their educational achievement.


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