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Florida education foundations join push for Amendment 8, while opposition launches new ads



The Consortium of Florida Education Foundations has just released a survey of its members showing that 83 percent of respondents plan to vote in favor of Amendment 8 to relax the state's class size requirements. Though a small sample of 171 participants, the results fall in line with other business groups such as the Chamber of Commerce that have supported the amendment, which the Florida PTA and Florida Education Association oppose.

"This survey reveals a majority of local business and community leaders have grave fiscal concerns if Amendment 8 fails, while a minority of respondents want further class size reductions," coalition president Gordon Gillette said.

The biggest concern continued to be affordability of implementation. But state Rep. Will Weatherford, an original sponsor of the amendment, said the issue also is one of flexibility for local school officials to make student assignment decisions based on need rather than on arbitrary numbers.

"The constitution leaves no flexibility," Weatherford said. "It's a common sense issue."

The No on 8 campaign continues its opposition, as well. It recently launched a series of ads against the initiative, which you can find on YouTube. Here's a sample:


[Last modified: Thursday, October 14, 2010 2:33pm]


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