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Class Sizes On The Rise In Salem-Keizer School District


An English classroom at McKay High School in Salem, Oregon, on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Wednesday was the first day of school for most grades in Salem-Keizer. 

An English classroom at McKay High School in Salem, Oregon, on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Wednesday was the first day of school for most grades in Salem-Keizer. 

Anna Reed/Statesman Journal

Class sizes in Salem-Keizer schools are on the rise again.

This year, middle schools will see the largest increase, adding about one student per class for an average of 32 students.

Elementary and high school classrooms will increase by less than one student per class. The average class at elementary schools will range from 23 to 30 students. About 40 percent of high school classes have 35 students or more enrolled. These classes compare to the statewide average of 25 students per class.

District officials said this is the first year in nearly a decade the district hasn’t been able to hire teachers to maintain class size. Salem-Keizer is the second largest district in the state with nearly 42,000 students in 65 schools.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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