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Amendment 8 opponents say Supreme Court ruling validates their position



The Florida Education Association didn't win its battle to remove Amendment 8 from the November ballot.

But the union's lawyer, Ron Meyer, says the Florida Supreme Court's rejection of the bid did have a silver lining. "The Court confirmed what we have been saying all along, that passage of Amendment 8 will reduce the funding to public schools."

It just didn't buy the FEA's remedy.

From the ruling:

"Although the logical effect of increasing the maximum number of students will be to reduce the dollar amount of state class size funding, this effect flows naturally from the chief purpose — to revise and relax class sizes while providing that the Legislature has the attendant funding obligation. Further, we note that a voter would be able to draw a common-sense conclusion from a review of the ballot summary that the amount of funding needed to sufficiently fund the revised class sizes will likely be reduced."

Said Meyer: "Flexibility without funding is no flexibility at all. A vote for Amendment 8 is a vote against public schools."


[Last modified: Friday, October 8, 2010 10:12am]


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