Statement Regarding K-3 Class Size Law
Statement Regarding K-3 Class Size Law
Posted on 04/26/2017
A message from BCS Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin.

Monday evening in Raleigh, lawmakers in the N.C. Senate negotiated a compromise regarding mandates for K-3 class sizes across the state. This bill will reduce class size and address schools' concerns about the serious and unintended consequences of the original class size bill.

While we are in the process of calculating the numbers, it is a relief to know that for the 2017-2018 school year we will continue to have some flexibility in classroom size. The original bill would have required the addition of 45 teaching positions. With this compromise, that number is greatly reduced. Once our new numbers are finalized, we will identify the most effective budget strategies available beyond the elimination of any classroom teaching positions and recommend them to our school board. 

The law will be phased in for the 2018-2019 school year. The additional time to plan and prepare will be valuable, especially when considering our facilities and space restrictions. This compromise also allows the General Assembly to consider dedicating a budget line item to hiring additional teachers for art, music, world language, and health and physical education.

Another part of the negotiated bill increases school systems' accountability to ensure state money allocated for reducing class size is used for that intended purpose. As Superintendent, I am responsible for ensuring that the data we report is accurate and valid – a reasonable expectation. I believe that historically as a district we have provided that data in an accurate and transparent manner.

I am definitely pleased with this new development. I believe that the planning we have put in place since last January in expectation of the current law’s impact will prove extremely valuable and worthwhile as we address the K-3 class size requirements over the next two years.

Student success will always be our top priority. Thank you for your support as we continue to prepare our students for their tomorrow.
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