Lawmaker wants two teachers in some elementary school classes

Lawmaker wants two teachers in some elementary school classes

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A state lawmaker wants to spend $5 million to reduce the student-to-teacher ratio in elementary schools.

Republican Rep. Jim Bird of West Jordan is sponsoring a bill that would start an elementary education coteaching pilot program. The grant program would initially last three years.

Bird says that having two teachers in one room has several benefits, such as not needing a substitute teacher in case of illness. He hopes new teachers could be paired with more experienced teachers.

The Legislature convenes on Jan. 21.

Information from: Standard-Examiner

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