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FIRST ON FOX | Crowded classes, missing teachers at a Baltimore elementary school

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BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Parents at one inner-city school say ballooning class size is making it impossible for their children to learn.

Parents are calling on the school board to do something about their troubled school.

Their students cannot learn, they say, when they're in classrooms with far more students than desks.

Administrators say this problem is not unusual, saying they're traditionally forced to shuffle staff after annual enrollment is taken after the first of the school year.

Harris Elementary School appears to be a school that needs good teachers.

It has 428 students this year - nearly all African-American - and has nearly 100 fewer students than it had just two years ago.

As of last year, 93 percent of the students qualified for free or reduced-price meals.

Last year, 24 percent of the students were absent more than 20 days of the school year.

As for PARCC test scores, fewer than 3 percent met expectations for math, and less than 6 percent for English.


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