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After months of promising to deal with overcrowding in elementary school classrooms in the face of protests, strikes, and threats to delay the opening of the school year, the 'Small Class Reform' was announced by Israel Education Minister Naftali Bennett at a press conference on Thursday morning. After a long night of budget discussions, Bennett boasted about the NIS 50 billion education budget, saying it is the largest education budget in the history of the state. The new reform mandates a maximum of 32-34 pupils per class, depending on the socioeconomic strength of the school district. The plan will go into effect for first grade classes across the country in the upcoming 2015/16 school year and will expand every year to include an additional grade until all six elementary school grades are included.
Updated: Aug. 09, 2015
Israeli Preschools with more than 39 children will gain an additional caregiver in the upcoming school year, according to an announcement this week at a joint press conference given by Education Minister Naftali Bennett, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, and Haim Bibas, chairman of the Federation of Local Authorities in Israel. Some 300,000 three and four year old children are in the municipal preschool system, with many facilities filled to capacity with 35 children and only two caregivers – one preschool teacher and one assistant. Starting in the 2015/16 school year, the approximately 4,000 preschools that care for 30 for more children will have an additional assistant on staff.
Updated: Jun. 17, 2015