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Amendment 8 by the numbers



The Florida Legislature's attempt to "right size" the 2002 class size amendment died Tuesday night, the victim of the Legislature's own effort to make it harder to pass amendments. The measure received 54.5 percent of the votes statewide, far short of the required 60 percent but better than the original amendment fared.

Some interesting stats:

  • In 2002, 28 counties favored the class size amendment. In 2010, 59 counties favored Amendment 8. Of them, just seven gave the measure the needed 60 percent -- Citrus, Collier, Highlands, Lake, Lee, Okaloosa, Sumter -- and Manatee fell just short at 59.98 percent.
  • In 2002, 2.5 million voters supported the class size amendment. In 2010, 2.7 million voters supported Amendment 8.
  • In 2002, Broward County voters backed the class size amendment by a margin of 165,455. In 2010, Broward opposed Amendment 8 by a margin of 15,309.

The issue appears far from settled. What do you think should happen next?


[Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 1:14pm]


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