TASB HR Services has received questions from school districts asking if they are required to get board approval to submit a class size exception.
According to the 2021–2022 Texas Education Agency (TEA) State Waivers Guidebook, school board approval is not required for a school district to file a maximum class size exception. In the past, the process was to obtain board approval and include the meeting date on the application submitted to TEA.
A school district must submit a request for a class size exception for any classroom in PreK–Grade 4 exceeding 22 students (Texas Education Code (TEC) §25.112). The class size requirement applies throughout the school year except during any 12-week period selected by the district with a significant percentage of migratory students or the last 12 weeks of any school year.
To apply for an exception, the class size limit must create an undue hardship on the district. The following factors are considered by the commissioner:
- Unanticipated enrollment growth
- Lack of facilities
- Lack of teachers
- Financial hardships
If an exception is granted, a district must provide written notice in bold or underlined print, delivered by mail or other means of communication, to the parent or guardian of each student affected by the exception and specify the following:
- The class granted the class size exception
- The number of students in the class
Some districts have exempted themselves from these requirements in their District of Innovation (DOI) plan.
Karen Dooley joined HR Services in 2016. She provides oversight to a team of consultants providing staffing services, HR reviews, and other projects. She provides training and assists school districts with their HR-related needs. Dooley is a seasoned administrator with more than 17 years of HR experience in Central Texas districts as a coordinator, director, and assistant superintendent. She also worked as an assistant principal, counselor, and teacher, and holds a superintendent certificate.
Dooley received her master’s degree from Prairie View A&M University and her bachelor’s degree from Texas State University.
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