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Measure Would Increase Students in Wyoming Classrooms

Tim Boyle, Getty Images
Tim Boyle, Getty Images

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A bill has been introduced in the state House to increase class sizes in Wyoming public schools.

The proposal offered by Republican Rep. Mike Madden, of Buffalo, would allow up to 24 students per classroom in K-12 schools.

Current state law provides a student-teacher ratio of 16-1 in kindergarten through third grade and 21 students in grades 6-12. The 16-to-1 ratio was enacted several years ago as part of a comprehensive education reform effort to improve student achievement.

A similar proposal was dropped by the Interim Joint Education Committee last month.

It’s estimated that increasing class sizes as Madden proposes could save the state more than $100 million a year.

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