From the Daily News:
Kindergarten classes in the city are the biggest they've been in more than a decade - and some parents say their kids are paying the price.
There are 7,616 kindergarten students learning in classrooms with more than 25 children, up from 5,414 last year - a 40% increase - according to preliminary Education Department statistics.
A handful even have an average of 30 or more children in each kindergarten class, such as Public School 298 in Ocean Hill-Brownsville in Brooklyn.
Kindergarten class size began dropping in 1999 and leveled off in 2002 when Mayor Bloomberg took office. This year, the average class size is 22.3, up from 20.9 just two years ago. The size limit for kindergartens set in the teachers' contract is 25 kids.
Additionally, class size in first through third grade overall is the highest it's been in 10 years, statistics show.
In 2007, the city agreed to reduce class size in exchange for state money. Kindergarten through third-grade classes were supposed to be capped at 20 students by next year, but as budgets have been slashed and state aid reduced, class size has risen.
Hey there's always birth control, as the new chancellor says. (Except if you're an illegal.)