The need to improve public education is a goal shared by most Coloradans. But the best method to improve student outcomes is subject to great debate. A common strategy to improve schools is to reduce class sizes. With many states implementing smaller class sizes via legislative action and ballot initiatives, advocates and opponents of these policies have sparked a broader debate about whether smaller class sizes necessarily result in better outcomes for kids. This paper provides an illustrative case study that casts doubt on class size reductions as a silver bullet for educational improvement.

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