Schools use loophole to exceed limit for pre-K classes
July 16, 2017
Small classes are a cornerstone of pre-K, but some districts are now raising a long-held cap on the number of students, a move that could dilute Oklahoma's most admired and arguably successful educational initiatives.
Like many other states, Oklahoma limits pre-K classes to 20 students. When there are more than 10 students, the classroom teacher is supposed to have a full-time assistant.
But a 2016 change in state law has inadvertently opened the door to larger pre-K classes.
The legislation, co-authored by Rep. Dennis Casey, waives financial penalties for school districts with accreditatio...