The North Carolina General Assembly Tuesday passed a bill that will phase in new K-3 class size reductions and increase funding to help meet the requirements.

The bill will allow new size restrictions to be phased in over several years, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.

The Watauga Democrat reports Stephen Martin, Watauga County Schools assistant superintendent and human resources director, said the new phase-in plan will allow schools time to figure out how to make it work.

Some of the county's schools currently have more students in classes than the new restrictions allow. The report indicates the new funds can be used for enhancement teachers to allow other funds to be used for additional K-3 teachers.

According to the report, Martin said that in a district with schools that vary, the grade level populations can ebb and flow and trying to predict class sizes for next year is like taking a shot in the dark.

The Raleigh News and Observer reports Gov. Roy Cooper said he would not veto the bill, despite the fact that it contains other legislative changes he opposes.  According to that report, House Bill 90 also includes unrelated provisions that would change the composition of the State Board of Elections and would take away Cooper’s control of a $58 million fund tied to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Cooper said he would allow the bill to become law without his signature.