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State aid helps reduce CCSD kindergarten class sizes

Reported by: Michelle Velez
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Updated: 8/25/2014 1:52 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- Parents and students are welcoming a big improvement when it comes to kindergarten classes. Class sizes across the state have been reduced thanks to some much needed help from Carson City.

In the 2013 Legislative session, Nevada lawmakers approved a kindergarten class size reduction plan, which includes an $11 million grant for the Clark County School District.

The money will be used to hire about 160 new teachers to accommodate more classes.

Before the mandatory cap, some kindergarten classes ballooned to as many as 35 students per class. Now kindergarten classes will top out at no more than 23 students.

Clark County School District Board President Erin Cranor says school officials have been researching class size reduction for some time.

Compared with the nation, a class size of 23 students is still considered a little high. There are some states that top out at 18 students per class. But local officials say this year's reduction is a great start.


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