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‘Pie in the sky’ class-size reduction bill clears panel

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A "pie in the sky" bill that would give around $30 million to help in class reduction passed out of committee Thursday.

Bill sponsor Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, D-Holladay, said HB134 would eliminate a lot of problems the state is trying to address with other money, like remediation and K-3 reading programs.

She said it would lower class sizes in grades K-3 to 20 by hiring 837 new teachers for crowded Utah classes.

"It would be a tremendous way to start on the road to get to reasonable class sizes again," Moss said. "If this money could be focused directly on those classes we could at least start somewhere."

But Rep. Greg Hughes, R-Draper was concerned that allocating that kind of money to decrease class sizes would affect teacher compensation down the road.

"I know that this is pie in the sky, but I would love to have this taken seriously — start somewhere and work our way up," Moss said.