HPISD trustees will gather bright and early Monday morning — 7:30 a.m. — at a specially called meeting to discuss class-size waivers for elementary schools, and the length of kindergarten school days. (I’m also seeing an agenda item about curriculum and instruction meetings; the one scheduled for Sept. 18 was cancelled, so maybe we’ll get more dirt here).
You’re probably aware that schools must seek state waivers for classes that exceed the 22:1 student-to-teacher ratio; these generally come faster for high-performing schools and districts, and they’re one way to cut costs as enrollment grows and budgets shrink.
Here’s TEA’s wonky-speak on the policy, which applies to kindergarten through fourth grade. This past spring, the New York Times explored elementary school waivers around Texas.