In several states, small classes are becoming a casualty of the recession, ending roughly two decades of shrinking classroom size, reports. For example, a proposal in Texas to loosen elementary school class-size requirements has touched off a skirmish that could consume the state’s legislative session this year. State Comptroller Susan Combs said last month that relaxing the state’s 27-year-old class-size cap could save $558 million at a time when lawmakers are grappling with a $27 billion two-year deficit. The proposal has found some support in the Legislature, where Republicans last year cemented their hold on government. Teachers’ groups, parents,...

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