A program initiated in the 1996-97 school year for kindergarten through third grade to reduce or maintain class sizes of no more than 20 students per teacher. A separate program supported smaller classes for core academic subjects in 9th grade. The program was phased out beginning in 2009, and was officially terminated in 2013. The state’s Local Control Funding Formula approved in 2013 includes financial incentives for school districts to reduce K-3 classes to 24 students, but districts can maintain larger class sizes if they reach agreement to do so with their teachers unions.