NC Bill Eliminating Class-Size Limits Moves Forward - WSPA.com

NC Bill Eliminating Class-Size Limits Moves Forward

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HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. -

Right now, elementary schools can't have more than 24 students in grades K through 3.

But a state Senate Education Committee passed a measure Wednesday that would allow districts to decide how many is too many.

The same change occurred a few years ago for grades 4 through 12.

"When I was younger I struggled a lot with reading," says senior Natalie Andrews. "My school actually took me out of the class and sent me with a special teacher to help me."

Andrews says it was that one-on-one time with a specialist that got her back on track in elementary school.

"If a child was struggling and a teacher can notice it, and help that child more than if they were in a larger class," Andrews said.

Lawmakers in North Carolina are currently looking at a bill that would allow schools to raise the class size.

The state already allows the larger classes in grades 4 through 12.

Principal of East Henderson High School Matt Gruebmeyer says he still tries to keep classes small.

"I think when you have good teachers and good students," says Gruebmeyer, "you benefit from having smaller classes."

He believes what research has found that student achievement improves in smaller classes.

The bill's sponsors say the measure has nothing to do with increasing how many kids get assigned to a class. They only want school districts to have the flexibility to allocate resources where they are needed.

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