S.579: Smaller Class Sizes for Students and Educators Act of 2019
The Smaller Class Sizes for Students and Educators Act of 2019 would direct the Department of Education (ED) to award grants to school districts to reduce class sizes in Kindergarten through third grade. These grants would be limited to school districts in which 75 percent or more of the population have incomes below the poverty line. Receipt of the grants would be contingent on the creation of an evidence-based plan to reduce class sizes to not more than 18 students and a description of teacher recruitment and retention plans, among other things. The bill would appropriate $2,000,000,000 for the first fiscal year, and such sums “as necessary” for each subsequent year.