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Budget cuts could equal larger class sizes in GA

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  More students could soon be sharing public school classrooms. You can blame budget cuts for larger class sizes.

A House Committee approved a bill that would allow schools to increase class sizes in Kindergarten through fifth grade by one student and by two students in grades six through 12. This year, Dougherty County Schools filed for a waiver from the state to increase some class sizes although school administrators say smaller classes are important to student achievement.

"Generally speaking, the smaller the class, the more attention a teacher can give to each individual student and the more attention each individual receives the better the success of the student learning the material," said R.D. Harter, DCSS Public Information Officer.

The measure would also lift state controls on how schools spend some of their state money. Bill sponsors say they want schools to have greater freedom as lawmakers prepare to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from education.


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