Some school districts are reducing class size by changing schools for students.
In Wake County, North Carolina, over two dozen elementary schools may need to reassign students. They may also need to prevent new families from attending, and evict transfer students to meet the new state mandated limits on class size next year.
At the majority of Wake County’s 113 elementary schools, principals are saying that they need to take steps next year to meet state rules for smaller class sizes in kindergarten through third grade by converting art and music spaces to classrooms and increasing class size for older children. However, at 27 elementary schools, principals say that they do not have the space to work with and need to use outside help, which may mean removing some children.
“The reason that we’re doing this is the budget passed by the legislature removes all of the flexibility that we had in elementary school to do it differently,” said school board member Bill Fletcher.
District class sizes for K-3 in 2018 have been lowered to an average of approximately 17 students, instead of 21 students in the 2016-2017 school year. This means that the district will need to create space for the equivalent of 9,500 students and 559 classrooms.