The Georgia board of education has granted an exemption to class size maximums for the 2010-2011 school year, giving local school districts more flexibility during tough economic times.
Current class size maximums vary depending on the grade level and subject matter, ranging from 18 students for a regular kindergarten class to 32 students for some high school classes.
Local school districts will be required to submit a school board resolution to the state department of education before class size maximums can exceed current requirements. The board resolution must be approved at a local board meeting to ensure that all stakeholders are informed about the school district's decision to increase class size.
School districts must still meet all federal and state accountability measures, as well as health and safety requirements.