Florida Department of Education launches new class size website
With a referendum to change the rules just months away, the Florida Department of Education is hoping that its new website will give Floridians a better idea of what full implementation of the 2002 class size amendment would mean.
The unstated but implied message is that the rules, which require classroom caps starting in the fall, are expensive, inflexible and unwieldy, often yielding unintended consequences.
"The topic of class size reduction has spurred debate across the state for decades, leaving citizens with an often unrealistic understanding of the initiative and its requirements," commissioner Eric J. Smith said in a release. "This one-stop shop helps concerned citizens become knowledgeable about the extraordinary efforts their state has undergone to reduce class sizes and equips them with the information they need to make informed decisions about this complex subject."
School districts have begun to make their informational presentations about the implementation, too. Most lead the public to conclude that the amendment needs amending. They're also considering a lawsuit to stop new penalties from kicking in before the November vote.
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