GLENDALE — Kelly Schroeder is one of many teachers throughout the Glendale Unified School District who has helped raise elementary school test scores, and she has done it with 36 students in her classroom.
But if she taught in the Burbank Unified School District, that total would be closer to 30 students.
The difference in class sizes might seem small, but it has had a big effect on classroom environments and on budgets, teachers and officials said.
While Burbank Unified’s student-to-teacher ratio in the fourth and fifth grades is 30-to-1, Glendale Unified’s average for the same grades is 34-to-1, according to school accountability reports. The different approaches have left one district with a leaner instructional staff and budget while the other may lay off some of its teachers to help cut costs.