Or Kashti is the education analyst for Haaretz Newspaper.
Juggling social responsibility and popular opinion, costs and concerns, education and finance ministry officials try to cut class sizes.
Orders to go into effect Dec. 13, after the Hanukkah vacation, giving teachers, treasury time to negotiate a deal.
PISA test, conducted by OECD, reveals Israeli students in 40th pleace in reading, mathematics.
Secondary School Teachers' Association warned it would appeal to the High Court of Justice if back-to-work orders were issued.