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The Opportunity Cost of Smaller Classes: A State-By-State Spending Analysis

Marguerite Roza and Monica Ouijdani

Published December 2012 by Center on Reinventing Public Education

Consideration of whether smaller classes are preferable to larger ones requires some recognition of the opportunity costs involved. This brief provides a state-by-state context by computing the dollars at stake in marginally raising the number of students per class.

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