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Legislature Seeks Answers on Utah's Class Sizes

Legislature Seeks Answers on Utah's Class Sizes



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- By nearly every measure available, Utah has the largest school class sizes in the country.

However, nobody really knows exactly how many students at any grade level are in the average Utah classroom. That's because statistics on student-teacher ratios often include librarians, counselors and other administrators who never set foot in a classroom.

But a bill, which is nearing approval in the Legislature, seeks to clarify exactly how big Utah's classes are by clearly defining what is an average class size.

House Bill 215 sponsored by Representative Karen Morgan of Cottonwood Heights was approved by the Senate today with a 26-to-0 vote. The measure would direct the State Office of Education to calculate class sizes in kindergarten through sixth grade by dividing the number of students by the number of classes in each grade.

The bill will need one more formal reading in the Senate and the House before it is approved

------ On the Net: House Bill 215 http://le.utah.gov/ 7/82007/bills/hbillamd/hb0215s01.htm

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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