Capitol News: Measure to Protect Class Size Reduction Program Moves to Appropriations
The Assembly Education Committee passed a bill that would enforce the state's Class Size Reduction program for grades K-3. Because of the state's budget crisis, penalties for districts failing to comply width the state's CSR program have been significantly reduced. AB 558, by Assembly Member Ken Cooley (D-Carmichael), over the next three years restores the penalties districts face if they increase class sizes above the limit.
Maintaining small class sizes is important because studies consistently find
that smaller classes have a significant impact on student learning, particularly for students living at or below the poverty line and minority students.
The bill now moves to the Assembly Appropriations Committee
for a hearing.