* Re "Davis Proposes Longer Year for Middle Schools," Jan. 7: Any teacher will tell you the most important reform that will keep students from failing is to reduce class size. Gov. Gray Davis is correct that middle school students should not be forgotten; however, adding six weeks to the school year is not the answer. Having students sit in overcrowded classrooms for six more weeks or for another hour a day will lead to more frustration and failure. The answer to the problem is to build more classrooms.
Teacher, Sepulveda Middle School