What do we know?
- In December, Texas Comptroller Susan Combs issued the financial allocation for Texas 2010. The Comptroller recommended that legislators “ eliminate the 22 student
limit for each k-4 classroom and require schools to maintain
an Average 22 student class size instead”. Remember when
Texas once had averages?
Typical classes had a lot more than 22 students.
Is this the right thing to do? No!
- Texas NAACP believes the 22 student limit for k-4 should be kept intact.
- Texas NAACP believes this is one of the 1984 reforms for HB 72 that has worked.
- Studies have demonstrated the positive effects of small classes on student achievement (Hodges, & Konstantopoulos, 2000).
- In 1999, Project STAR researchers reported that students placed in small class sizes in grades k-3 has better high school graduation rates, higher grades point averages, and are more incline to pursue higher Education.
What Can You Do? Call Your Legislator.
Phyllis L. Jones
Texas State Education Chair