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Some Want To Preserve Class Size

Idaho Republican senators are looking for ways to revise the centerpiece of Tom Luna’s education-reform package so class sizes can remain at their current level and local districts have more flexibility in spending their state dollars. Senate Bill 1113 passed out of the Senate Education Committee 5-4 earlier this month, but wavering support and a lack of votes in the Senate persuaded Republicans to consider changes, even as they passed the other two parts of school Superintendent Luna’s overhaul on Thursday — a pay-for-performance plan and a rewriting of the labor contracts between districts and teachers. The final piece of Luna’s plan, a move to fund more technology in the classroom and increase teacher pay by eliminating 770 teaching positions and increasing class size, has been the most controversial. Increasing class size has been the No. 1 complaint from citizens, lawmakers have said consistently/Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: How would an increase of only one or two students per classroom affect Idaho education?




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