State-mandated class sizes, GenX top of mind as NC legislative session kicks off

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - North Carolina lawmakers have several controversial topics to discuss when the legislative session kicks off Wednesday afternoon.

The legislative session kicks off in Raleigh at noon. From state-mandated class sizes in schools to dealing with GenX pollution, they are issues that North Carolinians have already been vocalizing their concerns about ahead of this session.

Governor Roy Cooper wants Republican legislators to help school districts deal with these smaller state-mandated class sizes for kindergarten through third grade.

Starting in July, the average class sizes for these grades will drop from 20 students to about 17 per class.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School leaders say it could cost $23 million to hire 353 more teachers to meet the new class sizes.Some school districts say they might have to lay off art, music and physical education teachers as a result.

Legislators will also be giving more direction to the Department of Environmental Quality on addressing GenX, which is the chemical used in Teflon whose health effects remain largely untested.

RELATED: Federal lawsuit filed against Chemours over GenX contamination

Despite differences in opinion on the issue, there is bipartisan support for addressing water pollution concerns this session.

Also possibly up for discussion this session--- changes to our state's constitution.

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