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School systems ask state for class size waiver

September 18, 2006

Albany-- It's meant to make sure students get the attention they need from their teachers but at least five Georgia school systems are asking for a break from new classroom size laws. The Dougherty County school system may join them.

This year, the General Assembly passed the Truth in Class Size act that limits the number of students in kindergarten through eighth grade classes. Some school systems asked for a waiver.

They say they don't have the money to hire new teachers and that's the only way to keep the number of students per class down. In Dougherty County, some classes are over the limit. Administrators plan one more class survey but say they may also request a waiver from the state.

"We've already looked at class size and we reviewed them K through 8. We have seen some class sizes where the numbers are obviously way over the class size threshold," says Finance Director Robert Lloyd.

School leaders will conduct another class-size survey this week before they make a final decision on requesting a waiver.

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