A constitutional amendment approved by voters four years ago requires schools to reduce the number of children in each class, 18 in kindergarten through the third grade, 22 in fourth through eighth grade and 25 in high school classes.
The state Department of Education says 177 schools are still not meeting those requirements.
"School districts have until January 2 to appeal their cases. In some case there may be extenuating circumstances for why the ratios are over what’s required by the mandate."
Schroeder says schools with too many kids would be forced to take money meant for salaries and supplies and use it to build more classrooms instead.