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Florida education foundations want class size amendment changed



The vast majority of board members of Florida's education foundations think the class-size amendment costs too much and needs to be tweaked for flexibility, according to the results of a new survey sponsored by the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations.

The group surveyed more than 1,000 foundation board members - most of them business and community leaders - and found 74 percent support a legislative effort to put another, more flexible amendment on the ballot.

"This constitutional amendment was passed with little consideration of how much it really costs and who will pay for it," said Gordon Gillete, who chairs the consortium's leadership council and is president of Tampa Electric, said in a press release. "Now we need to be responsible and figure out a better way to improve the classroom environment while offering some flexibility."

Collectively, the press release says, the state's district-based education foundations raise more than $40 million each year for public schools.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:51am]


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