Continuing the original "Changes to CAS" post Anonymous wrote:
"Here's some enlightenment for you: so this year, mainstream English classes became "PSP" amid a flurry of double-speak as to exactly why. Interesting to note that the PFT contract states that MAINSTREAM English class sizes may not exceed 30. It says NOTHING about PSP, which, according to Union leadership, opens the door for those classes to be an AVERAGE of 35, plus or minus 4. Smart move for the administration; they slipped it right past us. Welcome to the new "state of the union".
As to the CAS fiasco, research proves that gifted students learn differently. They need to be challenged on a differentiated level based on the nature of their "giftedness". That is next to impossible when class sizes are growing exponentially. For now, CAS is the new PSP, while PSP is the new mainstream, and mainstream? Why, they just don't exist as that would mean that some are simply not "Promise-Ready". And we can't have that now, can we?"