Class Ratios: STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO FOR LIFE SKILLS CLASS

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Janell:  I am trying to find acceptable or preferred ratios set by the state of Texas for an Academic Life Skills class in high school. Currently, there are 11 students to 1 teacher and 1 Aide. Next year, there is an estimated 12-14 students for the same class and same staff. Is this in compliance?

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Texas passed House Bill 72 in 1984 no-pass, no-play rule, mandates a 22-pupil limit in elementary schools, prekindergarten classes for disadvantaged children and high school graduation tests were all provisions of the law, pushed by Dallas billionaire Ross Perot. However I found out this week that the four kindergarten classes at my Grandsons school far exceeds the 22-pupil limit. Three out of the four classrooms have 26 students in each classroom. Instead for hiring a fifth teacher and lowering the student teacher ratio, the school districts are allowed to submit a request for class size exemptions for any classrooms in kindergarten – fourth grade when a classroom exceeds 22 students. (Texas Education Code §25.112) This is not a single school problem it is a statewide problem.

TX does not have any staff to student ratio requirement for special ed classes. The ARD/IEP team determines a child’s needs & services needed. The number of classes & staff needed to provide all needed services is an administrative decision. So working with the special ed office ahead of time is very crucial. I work for the TX parent training & information center. We can provide you with support & information. cnoe59@hotmail.com

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