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Broward school leaders thumb their nose at class size penalties



Most Florida school districts are scrambling to meet all the requirements of the 2002 class size amendment before the state's student count in October.

Not Broward County.

The Sun-Sentinel reports that School Board members are publicly stating their unwillingness to compromise the quality of education they provide students simply to have an arbitrary number of children in a classroom with a teacher — particularly if the best the district can do is fill rooms with substitute teachers. That's despite the possibility of paying a fine of nearly $36 million.

"I would rather my kid be in a class with 30 kids with a permanent teacher than be in a room with a sub," board member Robin Bartleman said at a workshop on Tuesday. "What are you thinking? The point is the kid. Not the money, the kid."

Some worried that key courses such as Algebra I, which now requires an end-of-course exam, would be taught poorly to students' detriment.

"Let's schedule in the best interest of our students and not even try to meet class size, because I don't think we can meet it," School Board Chairwoman Jennifer Gottlieb said.

Right or wrong?

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 6:11am]


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