Synopsis As Introduced Amends the School Code. Creates a K-3 class size reduction grant program to be implemented and administered by the State Board of Education. Limits use of the grant funds to operating and maintaining classes in grades K-3 with a class size of no more than 20 pupils. Effective immediately.
Fiscal Note (State Board of Education)
Class size reduction is extremely difficult to analyze because every district is different for every grade and you must assume many local decisions. Assuming the average cost of a new 3rd grade teacher at approximately $32,000, SB 902 would cost approximately $25 million for the 3rd grade alone. Assuming grades K-2 are similar, the annual costs of SB 902 would be approximately $100 million for teachers only. It does not include the cost for new facilities, supplies, and equipment.
State Debt Impact Note (Economic and Fiscal Commission)
This legislation would not change the amount of authorization for any type of State-issued or State-supported bond, and, therefore, would not affect the level of State indebtedness.