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Proposed law in Illinois to cap the amount of students in the classroom

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A new proposed law in Illinois (HB2791) aims to cap the amount of students in your child's classroom.

The proposed law would make 27 students the maximum number of students assigned to one teacher.

Krista Finklea, Principal at Dewey Elementary in Quincy says many schools in the district are already pushing, or even exceeding that number.

Finklea says while this would be a good thing for students, because they would get more one-on-one time with teachers, it's a double edged sword financially for the district.

That's because smaller class sizes would require hiring more teachers to make up for the difference in students.

"The state's not going to help us hire new teachers, so we'll have to shift our budget, it could affect interventions it could affect a lot of different things. In theory it's a really good idea it would just be helpful if they gave us a way to implement it," said Finklea.

The law applies to public schools in Illinois for grades kindergarten through 12th, and if passed would go into effect July 1, 2013.

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