RALEIGH – N.C. Rep. Rachel Hunt is sponsoring House Bill 428, known as the “K-3 Reading and Literacy Improvement Act,” which was filed March 21.
The bill would provide funding for one teacher assistant for every classroom in kindergarten through second-grade and one TA for every three third-grade classroom.
Current law allows for funding for only two TAs for every three kindergarten classrooms, one TA for every two first grade classroom, one TA for every two second grade classrooms and one TA for every three third grade classrooms.
“Teachers and parents agree that these valued professionals are key to having our children reading on grade level by third grade,” Hunt said. “If we want to move the needle on reading progress, we must improve the adult to student ratio in our early grades.”