Bronx voters to have a say when it comes to school class size
A judge has ruled that a referendum to create smaller classes in Bronx and city public schools must appear on the November 4 ballot, despite the city's efforts to keep it off. Many are calling this decision a victory for parents, students and teachers, and a setback for the mayor. It all centers around a proposal that lets voters decide whether or not the city should create a commission, which would determine ways to reduce class size in the schools. The City Clerk's Office bumped it on grounds there were too many referendums on the ballot, but the judge said that didn't matter.It takes about 40,000 signatures from qualified voters to put a referendum on the ballot. But in this case, the United Federation of Teachers collected more than 100,000 bringing the judge to rule that the referendum must be on the ballot. The judge says the city's attempts to remove it were unconstitutional and removing it, the judge says, would deny voters in the Bronx and across the city the right to participate in the political process. A lawyer for the city says the ruling will be appealed.