Most of the school boards in Texas are suing the state because of outrageous budget cuts (over $5 billion in the last legislative session), which caused increased class size. The state called as its witness Grover Whitehurst of the Brookings Institution, to testify that class size doesn’t matter. Whitehurst was in charge of the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences during the administration of President George W. Bush.
In this account of his appearance, Leonie Haimson of Class Size Matters points out that Whitehurst’s own department–during his time in office–had labeled class size reduction as one of the few truly effective reforms.
Does class size matter? Read this account and reach your own judgment.