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Class size amendment headed back to the voters



The Florida House has agreed to send the class size amendment back to voters for reconsideration.

By a vote of 77-41, the House approved a measure identical to one already approved by the Florida Senate. The legislation would ask voters to stop the class size amendment at the school average, rather than going to classroom counts.

The referendum, which requires 60 percent approval of voters, also would set caps on each class that are higher than the current level of 18 in pre-k-3, 22 in 4-8 and 25 in 9-12. A handful of Democrats rose to urge a less drastic action.

Sponsor Rep. Will Weatherford argued that the effort was simply to "right size class size."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:57am]


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