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Study: Class sizes high in Michigan

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New research shows a majority of Michigan students have core classes with 40 or more students.

Not only is this a burden on the teachers, but could be putting some students at a great disadvantage.

"You always want to get class size down. I think it benefits the teacher. It benefits the student. It gives more time one on one instruction so it is an interesting study," said John Lagalo, principal for Bridgeport.

According to new research by the University of Michigan, many students statewide are in at least one class with 40 of their peers.

As for Lagalo, he said the Bridgeport district does what it can to keep class size low.

"We have a great counselor that plans and looks at the numbers. We make sure that we try to keep our classes below 30," Lagalo said.

The study also stated black students across the state are more likely to end up in a crowded classroom than any other ethnic group, lessening their chance at a good education.

Lagalo believes the root cause of that problem is simple economics.

"There needs to be more funding and more resources put into urban school settings so that way this doesn't happen," Lagalo said.

In all, Lagalo said 90 percent of his classrooms have fewer than 31 students. He said his team is doing everything it can to deliver a quality education in Bearcat Country.

"Biggest factor in education is time on task and if you can give one on one instruction and have more time for those kind of things, then it's going to allow students to learn better," Lagalo said.

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