kentblog.jpg Teachers in the Kent school district in Washington State have been taking strike action to fight for smaller class sizes. Teachers say that not only are classes overcrowded but that many have high proportions of pupils with special needs, making smaller classes imperative. The district has some of the higest class sizes in the area. An example of the problems facing teachers and pupils came from teacher Allen Storkel who said that he had 29 students in his fourth-grade class last year. Thirteen were just learning English, several were developmentally disabled and three had ongoing behavior issues. "I was overwhelmed at times," he said. According to some reports some classes in secondary schools are as big as 45. Teachers have won widespread support from parents - many of whom turned up to stand by the teachers when they were voting to ignore an injunction ruling the strike illegal. Teachers voted to carry on despite the ruling.