Class Size Mandate Update from NCPTA - 11/17/2017
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In Wake County, the school district estimates that 400 new classroom spaces would have to be created by the fall of 2018, which is the equivalent of building 14 new elementary schools. In a high growth area such as Wake County, this challenge is almost impossible to meet. In Durham, an additional 63 classrooms will be needed to accommodate approximately 1200 students. NC Senator Joyce Waddell spoke at a press conference in October after the Senate refused to address the class mandate during their special session. Parents in her district "wanted to know what we were going to be doing when it came to class sizes. Now I've got to go back and tell them that we didn't even take it up."
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Arts North Carolina and the North Carolina Arts Education Leadership Coalition (NC AELC) issued a position statement on the mandate. "The class size allotment provision adopted by the General Assembly in SL 2017-9 will go into full effect during the 2018-2019 school year. This provision, without full funding for these teachers, is harmful and damaging to arts education, and therefore children, in North Carolina."
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