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Class Size


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State Status/Date Level Summary
WASigned into law 04/2014P-12Education Budget - Instructional Hours
S.B. 6002
From Legislative Budget Notes publication:
24 CREDIT GRADUATION REQUIREMENT - Chapter 4, Laws of 2013, 2nd sp.s., Partial Veto (3ESSB 5034), established an implementation schedule for a requirement that school districts increase instructional hours from an av...

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WASigned into law 04/2014P-12Prototypical School Funding Formula
S.B. 6552
From bill analysis:
**Section 206. Prototypical School Funding Formula -- Legislative intent is stated to shift the focus of investments from compliance with increased instructional hours to assisting school districts with providing an opportunity for student...

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WAApproved by voters 03/2014P-12Class Size Reduction
Initiative 1351
Directs the legislature to allocate funding for smaller K-12 class sizes, with extra class-size reductions for all grades in defined high-poverty schools and for grades K-3 in all schools; and for increased student support staffing, including counselors, teach...

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IDSigned into law 03/2014P-12Reporting Statistical Information
S.B. 1326
Requires the State Department of Education to gather, compile, and report by grade, numbers of students and teachers. Requires establishment of a statewide database for this information.
http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2014/S1326.pdf ...

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NMSigned into law 03/2014P-12Return to Statutory School Class Loads
H.B. 280
Reinstates statutory teaching and class load requirements now that the emergency economic need to grant fiscal solvency waivers has lessened. Specifies that the return to statutory mandatory individual class loads and teaching loads is to be phased in over a t...

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GAIssued 02/2014P-12Class Size
State Board of Education Resolution
Grants an exemption from all statutory and regulatory class size maximums for any local education agency for the 2014-2015 school year only
https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/Attachment.aspx?S=1262&AID=515249&MID=33798...

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ORSigned into law 07/2013P-12Data Collection of Class Size and Licensed Teachers
H.B. 2644
Requires public education programs to collect and submit data to the department of education on the number of K-12 students in their classes and the number of licenced or registered teachers assigned to students. Collected data will then be made available to ...

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NVSigned into law 06/2013P-12Class Size Reduction
A.B. 2
Requires the board of trustees of each school district to report to the Department of Education: (1) the average daily attendance of pupils and the ratio of pupils per licensed teacher for grades 1, 2 and 3; or (2) if the school district has an alternative cla...

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LASigned into law 06/2012P-12Pupil-Teacher Ratio Waivers
S.B. 461
Repeals existing provisions requring the state board to adopt rules related to the issuance of waivers from pupil-teacher ratios over 20 students in grades K-3. Enacts new provisions, effective with the 2012-13 school year, directing the state board to adopt r...

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TNSigned into law 05/2012P-12Online Courses, Virtual Schools
H.B. 3062
Requires virtual schools to maintain teacher-pupil ratios set by the state board of education and to provide the same length of time for learning opportunities as required for other schools, but allow a student to move at the student's own pace. Provides stude...

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FLSigned into law 04/2012P-12Delay of Class Size Penalty
H.B. 5101 - Delay of Class Size Penalty
From bill analysis: Delays the increased class size penalty (from 50% to the full amount of the base student allocation) until 2014-2015, including a retroactive adjustment of the 2011-2012 penalty calculation.
Bill text (pages 17-18 of 41): http://myfloridaho...

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NYSigned into law 03/2012P-12Class Sizes for Students with Disabilities in Middle and High Schools
A.B. 9057 - Class Sizes for Students with Disabilities in Middle and High Schools
Part A, Section 12: Extends through 2012-13 school year provision authorizing the board of education of a city school district with a population of 125,000 or more or New York City to increase class sizes in special classes containing students with disabilitie...

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WYSigned into law 03/2012P-12Class Size, Grade Configuration
S.F. 90
Directs school districts to maintain an average class size of 16 for K-3 classrooms. Requires districts to report to the state superintendent when any school changes the configuration of grades from the preceding year. Empowers the state superintendent to appr...

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NCVeto overridden: legislature has overridden governor's veto 06/2011P-12Class Size Reduction for Grades 1-3
H.B. 200 - Class Size Reduction for Grades 1-3
Declares findings of the general assembly regarding benefits of small class sizes in grades 1-3, and disadvantages of larger class sizes. Establishes legislative intent to reduce class size in grades 1 through 3 to a class size allotment not exceeding 1:15 as ...

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FLSigned into law 05/2011P-12Charter School Enrollment/School District Class Size
S.B. 2120 - Sec. 8, 11, 12, 14, 15
Sec. 8 - Adjusts the charter school enrollment process such that students living in a development that provides the facility and related property with an appraised value of at least $10 million for a charter school in the development shall be entitled to 50 pe...

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GASigned into law 05/2011P-12Class Size
H.B. 192 - Class Size
Extends for 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years certain temporary provisions that permit the average class size for certain programs to be equivalent to the maximum individual class size for each program. Page 7-8 of 11: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/201120...

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CASigned into law 03/2011P-12Class Size Reduction Funds
S.B. 70 - Sec. 58
From bill summary: Existing law appropriates funding for class size reduction grades K-3, to be expended consistent with specified requirements.
New legislation:
--Reduces that appropriation in accordance with specified requirements, and identifies funds that...

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FLRejected by voters 11/2010P-12Class Size Requirements
Constitutional Amendment 8; SJR 2
Proposed amendment to the constitution to revise class size requirements for public schools as follows: (1) For grades Pre-kindergarten through 3, the maximum number of students assigned to each teacher in an individual classroom must not exceed 21; (2) For gr...

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FLSigned into law 06/2010P-12Class Size Requirements
H.B. 5101
Section 11 - Requires each local school board, before adoption of the district school budget for 2010-2011, to hold public hearings and provide information to parents on the district's website, and through any other means by which the district provides informa...

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GASigned into law 05/2010P-12Waivers to Reduce School Expenditures
H.B. 908
From bill summary: Temporarily waives certain expenditure controls relating to funds earned for direct instructional costs, media center costs, staff and professional development costs, and additional days of instruction. Temporarily provides for system averag...

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WISigned into law 05/2010P-12Class Size Reduction
A.B. 808
Previous law allowed an eligible school board that has entered into a five-year renewable student achievement guarantee (SAGE) contract with the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to reduce class size to 15 pupils in grades Kindergarten to three in schools...

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FLSigned into law 05/2010P-12Revises Maximum Class Size Requirements
SJR 2
Proposes a constitutional amendment to go before voters in November 2010; revises the maximum class size requirements; beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, the maximum number of students who may be assigned to a teacher (while not exceeding the school lev...

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UTSigned into law 03/2010P-12State Reporting of Class Size and Charter School Funding
S.B. 56
Modifies the state superintendent's annual report of the public school system by: (1) requiring reporting of data on average class sizes calculated in accordance with state board of education rule; (2) modifying the reporting of pupil-teacher ratios and (3) de...

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NVSigned into law 02/2010P-12Class Size
A.B. 4B
Revises provisions governing class-size reduction to allow school districts flexibility in addressing budget shortfalls; allows a school district to elect to increase class size by not more than a specified number of pupils to achieve specified ratios in speci...

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OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12Waiver of Pupil/Teacher Ratio in Grades K-4
H.B. 1 - Section 265.50.20
Authorizes the state superintendent, in the 2009 or 2010 academic year (or both) to waive the teacher/pupil ratio for grades K-4 as required by paragraph A(3) of rule 3301-35-05 of the administrative code if the following conditions apply:
(1) The local board...

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NYSigned into law 04/2009P-12Contracts for Excellence
A.B. 157 - Part A, Sections 1-5
Provides that a district that submitted a contract for excellence for the 2008-09 school year must submit a contract for excellence for the 2009-10 school year unless all schools in the district are identified as in good standing. Provides that a district that...

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CASigned into law 09/2008P-12Class Size
S.B. 1112
Extends the sunset date for the mitigation provisions in the Class Size Reduction Program, in which participating school districts are provided funding for each class in which the class size is reduced to a ration of 20 or fewer pupils per certified teacher in...

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DESigned into law 06/2008P-12Compliance with Class-Size Ratios
H.B. 393
Codifies the recommendation of the Class Size and Unit Allocation Task Force that the Department of Education annually collect and report data regarding compliance with the student-instructor ratio by local school districts and charter schools.
http://legis.de...

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NYAdopted 06/2008P-12Contracts for Excellence
Title 8 NYCRR Sections 100.13 and 170.12
Establishes allowable programs and activities, criteria for public reporting by school districts of their total foundation aid expenditures, and other requirements for purposes of preparation of contracts for excellence by certain specified school districts. P...

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NYAdopted 01/2008P-12Contracts for Excellence
Title 8 NYCRR Sections 100.13 and 170.12
The board of regents has readopted, by emergency action effective January 22, 2008, the emergency rule adopted at the September 10, 2007 Regents meeting, and readopted at the October 23, 2007 Regents meeting, that added a new section 100.13 and amended section...

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NYEmergency Rule Extension 11/2007P-12Contracts for Excellence
Title 8 NYCRR Sections 100.13 and 170.12
Readopts, by emergency action effective November 25, 2007, the emergency rule adopted at the September 10, 2007 Regents meeting that added a new section 100.13 and amended 170.12 of the Commissioner's Regulations.
http://www.dos.state.ny.us/info/register/2007...

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GAAdopted 08/2007P-12Class Size in Grades 9-12
GAC 160-5-1-.08, -.10
Establishes class size maximums for core courses in grades 9-12. http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/_documents/doe/legalservices/160-5-1-.08.pdf...

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NYAdopted 07/2007P-12Contracts for Excellence
Title 8 NYCRR Sections 100.13 and 170.12
Establishes allowable programs and activities, criteria for public reporting by school districts of their total foundation aid expenditures, and other requirements for purposes of preparation of contracts for excellence by certain specified school districts. P...

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NCSigned into law 07/2007P-12Reaching One's Potential for Excellence (ROPE) Scholars Pilot Program.
S.B. 1030
The purpose of the ROPE Scholars Pilot Program is to strengthen middle grades education in order to provide students with the opportunity to graduate from high school with the core academic skills needed for postsecondary education and high-skilled employment,...

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WVAdopted 07/2007P-12Quality Early Education System
Policy 2525
The most recent updates to Policy 2525: West Virginia's Universal Access to a Quality Early Education System support quality in the classroom and consistency among the programs across the state. They also strengthen personnel standards and continue to support ...

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GASigned into law 05/2007P-12Multiples and Maximum Class Sizes
S.B. 123
Requires twins or other multiples to be placed in the same classroom if the parent requests. Also allows districts to establish maximum class sizes in grades 9-12 for mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts. Provides such maximum class sizes ma...

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UTSigned into law 03/2007P-12School Reporting Amendments
H.B. 215
Specifies how average class size shall be calculated for the purpose of reporting class size by grade and subject on annual school performance reports; specifies that a pupil-teacher ratio shall be calculated by dividing the total number of students in a grade...

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ILAdopted 09/2006P-12Class Size Reduction Grants
23 IAC 565.10, .20, .30, .40, .50, .60, .110, .120, .130, .140, .150,.160
Establishes rules regarding the K-3 class size reduction grant program, and a class size reduction pilot project. Specifies that eligible districts are only those in which one or more schools serving students in grades K-3 are in Academic Early Warning or Acad...

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GAAdopted 07/2006P-12Remediation, Charter Schools, Class Size, Student Attendance
GAC 160-4-5-.01; -4-9-.04; -5-1-.08, -.10
Clarifies rules regarding the following:

Remedial education for students in grades 6-12: http://rules.sos.state.ga.us/docs/160/4/5/01.pdf
Charter schools: http://rules.sos.state.ga.us/docs/160/4/9/04.pdf
Class size: http://rules.sos.state.ga.us/docs/160/5/1...

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ILSigned into law 06/2006P-12Class Size Reduction Pilot Program
S.B. 2882
Creates a pilot class size reduction grant program, in addition to the existing class size reduction grant program, to be implemented and administered by the state board. Provides that grants will be awarded to schools to defray the costs and expenses of opera...

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IASigned into law 06/2006P-12Class Size and Other Block Grant Funds
S.B. 2272 - Section 6
Extends repeal date of Iowa Early Intervention and School Improvement Technology Block Grant Programs to July 2007. (Includes funds for K-3 class size reduction and student achievement in basic skills, especially reading skills.) https://www.legis.iowa.gov/DOC...

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TNSigned into law 04/2006P-12Class Size Waiver During Natural Disasters
S.B. 2898
Relates to maximum classroom sizes; In the event of a natural disaster which results in the enrollment of displaced students, the commissioner of education may grant a waiver from the maximum class sizes established in this section.
http://www.legislature.stat...

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WIVetoed 04/2006P-12Class Size Reduction Funding
S.B. 68
Under current law, a school district may enter into a five-year, renewable student achievement guarantee (SAGE) contract with the Department of Public Instruction to reduce class size to 15 pupils in grades kindergarten to three in exchange for receiving state...

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GASigned into law 04/2006P-12Class Size
H.B. 1358
Changes certain provisions relating to maximum class size requirements. For the 2006-2007 school year, increases maximum class sizes in grades K-3, establishes maximum class sizes in grades 4-12 for mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts class...

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LASigned into law 11/2005P-12Class Size Ratio Exemption
H.B. 19A
Exempts LA 4 (prekindergarten) classes from class size ratio for the 2005-2006 school year if the district or charter school enrolled any students during the 2005-2006 school year who were displaced that year due to school closures as a result of natural catas...

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GAAdopted 10/2005P-12Maximum Individual Class Size
GAC 160-5-1-.08
Changes the maximum individual class size for science grades 9-12 for school years 2007-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 from 28 to 30. Amends the funding class size and maximum individual class size for students with disabilities., AGENCY CONTACT: Patricia L. Mills, ...

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ILSigned into law 08/2005P-12Control of Class Size Reduction Funding
H.B. 2589
Under the K-3 class size reduction grant program, provides that if a school board determines that a school is using funds awarded under the program for purposes not authorized by the program, then the school board, rather than the school, shall determine how ...

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NVSigned into law 06/2005P-12Class size reduction
S.B. 460
Authorizes certain school districts to develop plans for alternative pupil-teacher ratios. In lieu of complying with the pupil-teacher ratio, a school district in a county whose population is less than 100,000 may, in consultation with the recognized associat...

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FLVetoed 06/2005P-12Class Size Reduction
S.B. 1678
States that, beginning in the 2005-2006 school year, if the actual student membership in the October survey exceeds the student membership estimate included in the Florida Education Finance Program first calculation, the maximum student membership enrollment u...

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NV(H) APPROVED BY THE GOVERNOR. CHAPTER 433. 06/2005P-12Class size reducation appropriation
H.B. 575
Makes appropriations to the State Distributive School Account for purposes relating to class-size reduction. The state appropriates from the State General Fund to the State Distributive School Account the sum of $125,552,187 for distribution by the Superinte...

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NVSigned into law 06/2005P-12Class size
H.B. 526
Each school district that does not meet the ratio of pupils per class (15:1 in grades k-3) must request a variance from the State Board by providing a written statement that includes the reasons for the request and the justification for exceeding the applicabl...

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WIEmergency Rule Adoption 02/2005P-12Student Achievement Guaranteed in Education Program (SAGE)
PI 24
Amends class size reduction funding under the Student Achievement Guaranteed in Education Program (SAGE). WISCONSIN REG 20485 (SN) http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/dpi/dfm/pb/sageemerg.html...

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INSigned into law 01/2005P-12Funding Formula for K-3 Class Size Reduction
H.B. 1001 (Section 181 and 233)
Revises the funding formula for the K-3 class size reduction program. Effective retroactive to January 1, 2005. Makes other adjustments.

http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2005/HE/HE1001.1.html...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Education: Class Size
S.B. 311
Requires the Controller to deduct from the next principal apportionment of a school district a specified amount based on the annual pupil enrollment of the class above a different prescribed number. Authorizes a district located in the counties of Los Angeles,...

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GAAdopted 08/2004P-12Class Size; Absences and Excuses
GAC 160-5-1-.08; -.10
Clarifies rules regarding class size, absences and excuses. Renames chapter on absences as Student Attendance. Provides definition of truant and outlines policies and procedures to reduce unexcused absences. Permits a maximum individual class size of 30 for gr...

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ILSigned into law 07/2004P-12K-3 Class Size Reduction Grant Program
S.B. 2135
Creates a K-3 class size reduction grant program. Provides that only schools that are on the early academic warning list or academic watch list and that maintain grades K-3 are grant eligible. Limits use of the grant funds to operating and maintaining classes ...

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HISigned into law 07/2004P-12Education Reform
H.B. 2002
The education reform in this Act shall be known as the "Reinventing Education Act of 2004." The provisions include (1) establishing a weighted student formula; (2) providing additional information technology; (3) empowering principals through a Hawaii principa...

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GAAdopted 07/2004P-12Class Size
GAC 160-5-1-.08
Class size is amended to comply with changes in law that were adopted by the Georgia General Assembly during the 2004 session regarding the number of students allowed in grades 4-12 for the 2004-2005 school year, the number of students allowed in kindergarten ...

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HIVeto override 05/2004P-12Reinventing Education Act of 2004
S.B. 3238
Establishes a weighted student formula; provides additional information technology; empowers principals through a Hawaii principals academy and other means; strengthens community involvement through school community councils and parent-community networking cen...

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VASigned into law 04/2004P-12Substantial Amendments to the Standards of Learning
H.B. 1014
Amends section 22.1-253.13:1 and 22.1-253.13:2 . Specifies that the Standards of Learning form the core of Virginia's educational program and other educational objectives. Specifies that the state board must, at a minimum, define Standards of Learning for Eng...

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GAAdopted 11/2003P-12Public School Capital Outlay
GAC 160-5-4-.04
Clarifies rules regarding special appropriation for public school capital outlay. Adds the additional funds authorized by the General Assembly to assist local boards of education in funding the construction of instructional units needed to implement the requir...

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ILAmendatory veto by Governor - Bill dead 11/2003P-12Class Size Reduction Grant
S.B. 902
Amends the School Code. Creates a K-3 class size reduction grant program to be implemented and administered by the state board of education. Limits use of grant funds to operating and maintaining classes in grades K-3 with a class size of no more than 20 pupil...

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CAVetoed 10/2003P-12Class Size
S.B. 556
Requires, through the 2005-06 school year, any school district establishing a class size reduction program to select the grade level or levels at a schoolsite to be reduced and to give priority to reducing class size in the selected grade level or levels befor...

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GAAdopted 07/2003P-12Class Size
GAC 160-5-1-.08
Clarifies rules regarding class size. Specifies definitions and requirements. http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/_documents/doe/legalservices/160-5-1-.08.pdf...

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FLSigned into law 06/2003P-12Quality Education
S.B. 30
Establishes maximum class sizes; creates the Classrooms for Kids Program; establishes the District Effort Recognition Program; establishes the Class Size Reduction Lottery Revenue Bond Program; authorizes bonds; makes provisions regarding parental notification...

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GASigned into law 05/2003P-12Assessment, Maximum Class size, Instruction, Revenue
S.B. 249
Revises provisions relating to payment of fees for advanced placement tests; revises provision relating to the release of certain test questions; deletes provision that students with alternate assessments shall not count for accountability purposes; changes pr...

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IASigned into law 05/2003P-12Early Intervention Block Grant Program Repeal Date
H.B. 549 (omnibus bill)
Changes repeal date from 2003 to 2004 on chapter establishing statewide early intervention block grant program. Components of this program include K-3 class size reduction and K-3 diagnostic reading assessments. Chapter requires districts to annually report to...

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FLApproved by voters 11/2002P-12Florida's Amendment to Reduce Class Size
Constitutional Amendment 9
Proposes an amendment to the State Constitution (Article IX, Section I) to require that the Legislature provide funding for sufficient classrooms so that there be a maximum number of students in public school classes for various grade levels; requires complian...

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CAVetoed 09/2001P-12Small Class Size Program
A.B. 231
Authorizes, on a pilot program basis, the Torrance and Poway Unified School Districts to implement an alternative class size reduction program to reduce class size in kindergarten and grades 1 to 5, inclusive, to 23 pupils, with the exception that grades 4 and...

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TXSigned into law 06/2001P-12Class Size Limits
H.B. 3313
A campus or district that is granted an exception from class size limits shall provide written notice of the exception to the parent of or person standing in parental relation to each student affected by the exception. ...

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CASigned into law 09/2000P-12Modifications to Class Reduction Program
A.B. 1608
Allows a school district that maintains only one school that serves pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 3, inclusive with an annual average class size of not more than 20 pupils to determine average class size by calculating the total number of pupils enrol...

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CASigned into law 09/2000P-12Revisions In the Small Class Size Program
S.B. 871
This establishes 2 options under which a school district may apply to the Superintendent of Public Instruction for funds from the program. Under Option One, a school district that provides a reduced class size for all pupils in each classroom for the full regu...

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WAApproved by voters 06/2000P-12Ballot Initiative - Student Achievement Fund
Initiative 728
INITIATIVE 728: Shall school districts reduce class sizes, extend learning programs, expand teacher training, and construct facilities, funded by lottery proceeds, existing property taxes, and budget reserves? ...

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AZSigned into law 03/2000P-12Pupil/Teacher Ratios
S.B. 1167
Requires schools to include information relating to classroom pupil to teacher ratios on the school report card for kindergarten through grade three if a school provides instruction for those grades; targets kindergarten through third grade pupil to teacher ra...

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GASigned into law 03/2000P-12Omnibus Bill - Class Size Component
H.B. 1187
The new class sizes are funded as follows: Kindergarten – 1:15; Kindergarten Early Intervention Program – 1:11; Grades 1-3 – 1:17; Grades 1-3 Early Intervention Program – 1:11 ...

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