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CCSD To Increase Class Sizes

Classrooms in the Clark County School District will be more crowded next year as the district works to cut millions of dollars from its budget.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports ( ) that the Clark County School Board on Wednesday approved a $2.2 billion budget for the next academic year that includes larger class sizes. The budget is $13.9 million less than this year's plan.

The current student-to-teacher ratio is 32-to-1 in fourth and fifth grades, 34.5-to-1 in middle school and 34-to-1 in high school. During the 2016-17 school year those ratios will increase by one in grades four and five at underperforming elementary schools, by one in all grades at other elementary schools; and by 1.5 at middle and high schools.

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District officials attribute the budget cuts to unexpectedly low enrollment growth and low property tax collections.