By Susan Winlow
School officials on Thursday will discuss current guidelines for class sizes in lower grades as the rules relate to a boost in state funding.
In order to receive the adjusted state funding, the new Local Control Funding Formula for school districts throughout California dictates a gradual drop in teacher-to-student ratios until the average class size from transitional kindergarten through third grade is 24 children.
The augmented funding is an additional 10.4 percent of the base funding for transitional kindergarten through third grade.
Districts can choose to opt out of the additional funding, provided they use collective bargaining to agree upon an alternative annual class enrollment site average. Charter schools do not have to comply with the law but still receive the Grade Span Adjustment funding.