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Florida PTA won't take sides on sales tax for education



Sorry, teachers. The state's largest parent group won't be joining your attempt to get Florida lawmakers to increase the state sales tax and dedicate the revenue to public education.

The Florida PTA has announced its official neutrality on the idea, which some senators are backing but House members are rejecting.

The PTA supports reforming the state's tax structure and eliminating loopholes, the group says. But it has no position on a sales tax and isn't about to take one.

When it comes to the other connected issue -- class sizes at the classroom level -- the PTA does stand side by side with the Florida Education Association in opposing any changes to the 2002 amendment:

"PTA‘s position is that class size reduction proposals should be based on actual class size, the number of students in each classroom for whom the teacher is accountable, rather than ratios and averages, which do not accurately reflect the actual number of pupils in each classroom."

The House bill seeking a new vote on class size is headed to the Rules and Calendar Council tomorrow. The Senate version has been assigned to the Education Appropriations Committee.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:19am]


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