This News and Observer article tries to pin Wake County’s school overcrowding on the recent court decision that allows parents to opt out of year-round schools.

I am not surprised to see the N&O blame choice, which is actually the solution, for overcrowding, but school principals interviewed for the article correctly identify a huge problem: the State Board of Education’s restrictions on class sizes. School principals would be much better off if they had the flexibility to add a handful of students to each class. Unfortunately, Gov. Easley’s fixation on small class sizes produced the heavy-handed state policy we have today.