NC Senate committee approves compromise to class size bill

Senate Education/Higher Ed Committee meeting Monday evening. Photo by Justin Quesinberry/CBS North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Monday evening, the North Carolina Senate Education committee approved a compromise to a bill dealing with classroom size.

UPDATE: Gov. Cooper signs class-size decrease fix into law

The bill, if passed, would lower class sizes in kindergarten through third grade.

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Under the revised bill, the caps won’t have to be met until 2018 instead of this fall.

Some teachers, parents and education groups have worried that districts would have to eliminate some art, music and physical education teachers in order to reduce class sizes by this fall.

State Senate leader Phil Berger said the compromise would phase in class size reductions over two school years.

Senator Chad Barefoot says the state already gives districts money to reduce size, but in some cases they are not using the money for that reason.

The revised bill would re-examine funding after this school year once lawmakers get more information on how districts are spending money.

It calls for more accountability about funding from superintendents.

In a news release, Berger also said the compromise is supported by authors of the original House bill and the N.C. Association of School Administrators.

House Bill 13 passed unanimously earlier this year, but the senate hasn’t acted on it.

 

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