Dundalk, Maryland - December 02, 2013: A statue of the Patapsco High School Patriot mascot stands by the school's main office.
Sandra Skordalos, chair of the social studies department at Patapsco High in Baltimore,
After teacher layoffs during the recession coupled with rising student enrollment, has led to much bigger class sizes in some states. Patapsco High School has lost a dozen teachers over the last three years and that class sizes have gone from 25 to 32 in American government and other social studies' classes, leading to overcrowded trailers, classroom management issues and difficulties teaching special ed students.
CREDIT: Matt Roth for The New York Times
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