Another effort to scale back Florida's school class-size mandates
While some Florida lawmakers focus on making it easier for schools to meet the state's 2002 class-size rules, others are looking to make it less expensive to not meet the mandate.
Other senators, including last year's Education Committee chairwoman Nancy Detert, have expressed an interest in making the fines less onerous, noting that districts need to use the money for education. If they have tried their best to follow the rules, she and others have said, they should not be heavily punished.
Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, has legislation to eliminate the penalties altogether. Rep. Daphne Campbell, D-Miami, has filed an identical version in the House.
Although school district leaders and even teachers union officials have agreed with the idea that the penalties could be reduced, most say some teeth must remain in order to avoid a complete abdication of the rule. Your thoughts?