Where We Are Now: Effects of HB13 in Classrooms

In 2016, the NCGA passed a law severely reducing class sizes in grades K-3. When it became clear that the law did not allow for funding for specialist teachers, parent outcry produced a one-year delay in parts of the law, but it will go into full effect for the 2018-2019 school year. The class size law has two separate, but equally serious, effects on public education. First, the law changes how funding for teachers may be used, which will impact the kinds of teachers available in our schools. Second, the law effectively reduces school capacity by about 25%, without...

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