19 school districts get waivers for 16-1 ratio

By: AP
By: AP

Cheyenne, WY (AP) - The Wyoming Department of Education is allowing 19 school districts to exceed the state mandated 16-to-1 student-teacher ratio.

Thirteen districts were granted a waiver because they did not have the facilities to increase classroom space. Other districts granted waivers had online education programs that skewed the number of students or were doing so well academically that the ratio wasn't judged to be necessary.

The student-teacher ratio was set by the 2011 Legislature as part an ongoing, comprehensive education reform initiative. It applies to kindergarten through third grade.

The state Education Department can waive the requirement for any district that demonstrates insufficient school facility capacity, positive school performance, positive student achievement or for other reasons related to the delivery of the education program to students.

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