Diane Ravitch says: 'Please write Congress today: Urge them NOT to elimination the $2.4 billion in Title IIA funds, which would likely increase class size across the nation.”- Many districts use this money to keep teachers on staff to prevent further class size increases. For more on the myriad, proven benefits of smaller classes, check out our research summary here . In NYC, $101 million of these funds are used to keep approximately 1000 teachers on staff.' As Haimison describes 'districts throughout the country have already lost thousands of teaching positions since the Great Recession which were never replaced -- increasing class sizes in many schools to sky-high levels.” Before Trump, class sizes were already growing. Though much has been written about President Trump’s proposed budget cuts, little has been said about how his largest proposed cut to public schools'