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Bill would Repeal Class Size Reduction, Set Performance Pay

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Two Republican assemblywomen want to do away with class size reduction in Nevada and launch a program to pay the top teachers up to $200,000 a year.

Assembly members Vicki Dooling and Shelly Shelton are sponsoring AB378, which is up for a hearing on Wednesday.

The bill would repeal a program that provides funding to keep class sizes small, especially in lower grades. The state spent $177 million on the program in fiscal year 2014, although state auditors said there wasn't enough oversight to ensure the money was truly reducing class sizes.

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The bill would apply the extra money to a Fund for Master Teachers and offer incentives for exemplary performance. Teachers in the program would make $150,000 to $200,000 a year, and mentor educators in at-risk schools.