GA school class size increases while funding drops

ATLANTA (AP) — School class sizes in Georgia have increased as districts struggle with funding cuts and falling tax revenue.

The
Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Saturday that about 80 percent of
Georgia's 180 school districts approved plans to surpass class size
caps last year.

The newspaper reports Georgia cut $4.7 billion in
school funding between 2008 and 2012 and gave districts permission to
exceed class size caps, which were implemented before the recession to
try improving student performance.

As funding for schools
declined, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission says the state
lost about 10 percent of its educators while the student population grew
by about 3 percent.

State School Superintendent John Barge says
increasing class sizes is a problem with educators trying to teach a
more rigorous curriculum.

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