Florida school districts get ready for final phase of class size
Some will call them threats designed to persuade Florida voters to change the 2002 class-size amendment via a November referendum. Others will say they're just the way it has to be to meet the 8-year-old rules.
Either way, Florida's school districts have begun announcing their plans to get to the class-by-class counts required in the voter-imposed law by the time the October student count arrives. The picture doesn't look pretty.
In today's news reports alone, we find:
- Brevard school leaders announce that plans to meet the final phase of the class-size amendment will mean cuts in other areas. (Florida Today)
- Volusia officials say meeting the requirements will further strain their strapped budget. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)
- Polk prepares to hire 200 more teachers to comply with the law. (Lakeland Ledger)
- Seminole school officials look into options such as closing schools to new students in order to meet the rules. (Orlando Sentinel)
Look for lots more stories like these, especially as the Legislature is requiring districts to detail exactly how they'll comply with the amendment during budget presentations. It's one way to get the information out there without paying for campaign materials with district funds, which lawmakers prohibited a year ago.