Dundalk, Maryland - December 02, 2013: Patapsco High School Orchestra Director Carol Murai conducts class in the school's hallway. The Baltimore County arts magnet school does not have a dedicated orchestra room, so her classes split time between the auditorium and the hallway outside the auditorium called the "blacktop."
Sandra Skordalos, chair of the social studies department at Patapsco High in Baltimore, has lost two teachers in her department in three years.
Teacher layoffs during the recession coupled with rising student enrollment, has led to much bigger class sizes in some states. Patapsco High School has lost a dozen teachers over the last three years and that class sizes have gone from 25 to 32 in American government and other social studies' classes, leading to overcrowded trailers, classroom management issues and difficulties teaching special ed students.
CREDIT: Matt Roth for The New York Times
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