Florida school districts get class size compliance notifications
The Florida Department of Education has released its findings as to whether school districts are in compliance with the final phase of the 2002 class size amendment. Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas schools were found to be in full compliance, with no classrooms over the caps.
More than half of the state's 67 districts face fines of about $3,000 for every student over the class size limits. They range from one classroom over (Okeechobee County) to 21,246 classrooms over (Palm Beach County). Some school boards have vowed to sue the state if the fines are imposed. They still can appeal the results to the DOE, with a deadline of Dec. 17.
Education commissioner Eric J. Smith will look into each appeal to determine whether districts unable to meet the requirements made "appropriate efforts to do so." Afterward, he will make final recommendations to the State Board of Education on funding reallocations for the districts that did not comply.
Click on the attachment below to see a county by county breakdown of class size compliance.