NC Legislature Eases Up on Class-Size Reduction Mandate

A bit of good news out of Raleigh today on the education front.

The North Carolina Legislature has, after months of discussions and pleas from parents and educators, decided to adopt a less drastic implementation of K-3 class size reductions. The original plan called for class sizes to be capped at about 17 students, down from 21 starting with the 2018-19 school year.

The initial proposal, while well-intended, presented a huge problem because a lack of funding meant schools would have been forced to eliminate specials such as p.e., art, and music in order to pay for the additional teachers needed to satisfy the class-size reductions.

The new plan allows the reductions to be phased in over the next four years and provides $61 million annually to school districts to pay for phys-ed, art, and music.

A vote could on the legislation, which also includes additional funding to expand the State’s pre-k programs, could take place as early as Friday.

The text of the bill can be found here: HB 90.


Categories: Wake County Schools

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