MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) -- The South Carolina Board of Education is considering getting rid of maximum class sizes in some grades.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the board gave initial approval to the changes in September and will take them up again next month.

The proposal would get rid of requirements that fourth- and fifth-grade English and math teachers have no more than 30 students in their classrooms. It also would eliminate maximum class size rules in pre-kindergarten as well as music and physical education classes.

State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais wants to give schools more freedom. But opponents of the proposals say the rules are in place to assure quality education and districts can already get a waiver if they have a special reason for bigger classes.

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