State to Receive Class Size Reduction Funds

January 26, 2001

The West Virginia Department of Education has been informed that it will receive an estimated $15.2 million during the 2001-2002 school year to improve student achievement by reducing class size.  

According to David Porterfield, West Virginia Department of Education program coordinator, the state will receive the funds from the U. S. Department of Education as a result of an appropriation from Congress.  

“These funds may be used in grades K-3 to reduce the class size to 18 or lower,” he explained. “The funds we will receive represent a 24 percent increase over the $12.2 million we received in 1999-2000. Funds will be targeted to assist the poorest schools, the low-performing schools or schools with the largest classes.”  

Porterfield said that he will be contacting county superintendents and county program directors by April once program allocations are completed.  

For more information, contact Porterfield at (304) 558-7805 (

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