Texas Could Adjust 22-Student Class Limit


AUSTIN (May 10, 2010)–Some legislators want to look at adjusting the 22-student class-size limit for lower grades as Texas faces an estimated $11 billion budget shortfall going into the 2011 session.

The current law states that a new class must be created, with an additional teacher, when a class in affected grade levels hits 23 or more students.

State Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston says the limit is costing districts "millions and millions of dollars" without any evidence that it boosts achievement.

Leaders of a special legislative committee, Sen. Florence Shapiro of Plano and Rep. Rob Eissler of The Woodlands, say class size standards will be scrutinized.

The class-size limit has been in place since 1984 when the Texas Legislature approved a landmark education bill that also included the no pass-no play rule, extended pre-kindergarten classes to low-income families, and created the state's high school graduation test.

AP Reports contributed to this story

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