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Mayor Eric Adams had criticized the bill for failing to identify a funding source to pay for the changes.

On WNYC’s “Brian Lehrer Show,” the Democrat suggested she may soon sign the bill along with a change in how it is funded.

Elected leaders and advocates rallied on the steps of City Hall

The legislation would cap the number of students in school classrooms at 20 to 25, depending on grade level. Mayor Eric Adams has called it an unfunded mandate that will come at the cost of other school programs.

Mayor Adams says he doesn't like the deal, which would involve more parents in the Panel for Education Policy and eventually trim lower-grade classrooms to 20 students.

The education department attributes the reduction to a pilot program to reduce classes at 72 schools, as well as an increase in funding at many schools resulting from an infusion of state money and federal stimulus dollars.

The legislation would shrink public school classes over three years, starting next fall, by mandating more square footage per student.

Educators say smaller class sizes may be upshot of reduced roster.

Some principals are still scrambling to find space that allows for social distancing, and get guidance from officials about how to do it.

The persistence of COVID-19 has spurred a push to shrink class sizes — something advocates have been trying to do for decades.