Push for smaller classes to go on

Feb 27 2013 - 1:36am

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SALT LAKE CITY -- A local lawmaker says she will continue to work with a House committee on a bill dealing with reductions in K-3 classroom sizes, despite a setback in committee Monday.

A House committee voted late Monday to stall HB 318, sponsored by Rep. Becky Edwards, R-North Salt Lake, following concerns the bill was trying to do too much with too little.

The bill would cap class sizes for kindergarten classes at 20 students, first and second grade at 22 students and third grade at 24. The measure also did not provide any new state funding to help local districts meet those caps.

"I don't feel like this moves us toward the goal of reducing class sizes," Rep. Daniel McCay, R-Riverton, said of the bill.

The state already appropriates funds to reduce class sizes, and Edwards' bill had some conditions outlined for districts to show the funding was actually linked to smaller class sizes.

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