Catholic educationalists sink class size reduction bid
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