Budget cuts have driven up class sizes in Washington state, but now, with a new $1 billion package of school funding, state lawmakers are directing a portion of that funding to lower class sizes for kindergartners and first-graders in low-income schools. Officials say the effort, which sets a goal of keeping class sizes at 20.85 students or less this year and below 20.3 students next year, will help districts direct local funds to other needs, such as special education.

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