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Teachers balk at Haslam class size proposal

By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press

MOUNT PLEASANT, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to lift a cap on class size averages is meeting resistance from educators, but the Republican calls the proposal a key element to his effort to allow school districts to hike teacher salaries.

Haslam told reporters after visiting a Maury County middle school on Tuesday that Tennessee is the only state to set maximums for both total and average class sizes.

Removing the average size requirement would allow schools to have larger classes, meaning the total number of teachers could drop. Haslam said his proposal would give school districts the flexibility to use those savings to pay more for teachers in high-priority subjects and locations.

But Maury County Schools Director Eddie Hickman criticized the proposal, arguing that larger class sizes hurt student achievement.

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