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Texas officials look to undo class size requirements



Floridians who like small school class sizes often rail against Florida lawmakers who seek to go against the will of the people who amended the state constitution to include class size rules.

Just think about what would be happening if the rules had been put in place by the Legislature instead of at the ballot box. Probably something like what's proposed in Texas.

From the Dallas Morning News:

AUSTIN – The Senate Education Committee wants the Legislature to consider easing class size limits in elementary schools to save money and eliminating the cap on independent charter schools in Texas. Several of the panel's recommendations for lawmakers' 2011 session would have far-reaching effects on public schools, such as a change in the strict class size limit of 22 pupils in kindergarten through fourth grade.

Teacher groups are gearing up to fight any tampering with the requirement, but those seeking change question whether the standard is as beneficial as when it was first enacted 25 years ago. The class size standard is costly because every time a class in the five affected grade levels hits 23 or more students, a new class must be created with an additional teacher and classroom. So any statewide change could potentially save hundreds of millions of dollars.

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 1:18pm]


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