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Hefty Price Tag for Proposal to Reduce Class Sizes

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LAS VEGAS -- Class sizes in some Clark County schools are bursting at the seams. The district and the teachers union have a proposal how to reduce class sizes, but it comes with a hefty price tag, according to figures released by the Clark County School District.

The average fourth and fifth grade class in the district has 34 students. In middle and high school, that average class size is 38 students. Some teachers have classes with more than 40 kids.

The district and teachers union have come up with a plan to gradually reduce class sizes over a four-year period. It would mean hiring more than 4, 000 teachers and building 37 new schools. The cost would be $1.2 billion.

Interim Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky says it may seem expensive, but it's what is needed to properly educate students.

"We are at a point where our classes are at a record high. We keep asking our teachers to do more with our students, yet we put more students in the classroom," he said.

Nevada lawmakers are continuing to debate on how to fund education and considering different tax proposals.

"The best school reform would be the reduction of class sizes," said Ruben Murillo, the outgoing president of the Clark County teachers union.

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