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Florida districts start dealing with class size concerns



As we've noted many times, Florida school officials are worried about meeting the requirements of the 2002 class size reduction amendment — not this year, but next year, when classroom counts kick in.

The state has estimated that schools will need more than 6,500 more teachers, at a cost of more than $350 million.

Today's news reports show how districts are trying to deal with it — and the potentially angry parents and students who will bear the brunt of whatever changes their districts make.

In Broward, the School Board delayed major attendance zone shifts for now, the Sun-Sentinel reports, but board members warned that the boundary changes are inevitable as the district tries to put students into thousands of empty seats that just happen to be in the "wrong" place. More from the Miami Herald.

Down in Collier, a committee of parents and educators has recommended adding portables to schools, the Naples Daily News reports. Never mind the state's longtime effort to get everyone into permanent classrooms.

Brevard parents have taken rezoning matters into their own hands, recommending their own alternative zonesFlorida Today reports.

Lawmakers have yet to decide their course of action on class size, if any. It looks like districts aren't waiting around for what, after seven years, looks fairly unlikely to happen.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:44am]


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