Oregon bill could force class size into school budget talks

The report finds that Oregon has some of the largest classes in the nation.

Posted: Feb 5, 2018 10:59 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A bill set to go in front of the Oregon Legislature could relieve teachers of overcrowded classrooms.

The Statesman Journal reports the bill would require school districts to discuss class size along with salaries, benefits and other topics when making budget decisions.

The Oregon Department of Education says Oregon has some of the largest classes nationwide, with an average of 25 students per class.

The department's 2016 Class Size Report says there were more than 450 math classes in the state with more than 36 students per class in 2014-15, plus more than 70 science classes with more than 46 students.

The report says more than 20 percent of kindergarten classes had more than 26 students.

A public hearing and possible work session on the bill is scheduled for Wednesday.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 10395

Reported Deaths: 215
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah252969
Marion166148
Washington162020
Clackamas86125
Umatilla7726
Union3561
Lincoln3464
Lane2283
Deschutes2210
Malheur2161
Polk16012
Linn1579
Jackson1520
Yamhill1398
Jefferson1340
Klamath1301
Morrow1071
Benton955
Hood River940
Wasco941
Josephine561
Clatsop540
Douglas510
Columbia420
Coos420
Lake210
Tillamook150
Crook130
Wallowa100
Curry80
Baker50
Sherman30
Gilliam10
Grant10
Harney10
Unassigned00
Wheeler00
Eugene
Broken Clouds
71° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 71°
Corvallis
Overcast
67° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 67°
Roseburg
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 72°
North Bend
Broken Clouds
65° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 65°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events