Catholic ed­u­ca­tion­al­ists sink class size re­duc­tion bid

Costa Levante News - - NEWS -

By Dave Jones THE RE­GIONAL Supreme Court (TSJCV) has taken the un­usual de­ci­sion to an­nul an or­der from the re­gional gov­ern­ment which re­duced max­i­mum class sizes in in­fant schools from 25 pupils to 23.

Judges ruled that this ac­tion in­volved usurp­ing pow­ers which are the do­main of the na­tional gov­ern­ment.

The depart­ment for ed­u­ca­tion had is­sued the or­der for 30 dif­fer­ent mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the re­gion.

The TSJ was re­spond­ing to an ap­peal made by a Catholic ed­u­ca­tion fed­er­a­tion, which was against the move.

In the rul­ing judges ex­plained that ‘the TSJ is not obliged to rule on whether this is a pos­i­tive move for ed­u­ca­tion’.

How­ever, they did have to make a judg­ment over whether Va­len­cia had made a de­ci­sion which could only come from the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters.

The re­gional gov­ern­ment has been or­dered to pay €2,500 in court costs.

Class sizes will not be re­duced fol­low­ing the court rul­ing

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