- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas House committee has rejected a Senate bill that would allow public schools to temporarily exceed the maximum allowed class size.

Members of the House Committee on Education on Tuesday voted against the proposal after teachers and parents voiced concerns that larger class sizes would burden educators and students.

The bill would allow public schools to exceed the maximum class size by up to two students for one semester. The senate passed the proposal 27-6 last week.

Proponents say it’s hard for some schools to comply with current law and that smaller districts have trouble affording additional teachers if they go over the limit.

Opponents say the move would minimize students’ one-on-one time with teachers and harm educational quality.

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