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Florida Senate approves sending class-size question back to voters



For years, the Florida Senate has been the place where proposed changes to the 2002 class-size reduction amendment have gone to die.

Not this year.

With the final phase of the rules set to take effect in the fall, the Senate has agreed to ask voters to reconsider moving to classroom counts for core classes. Instead, the proposed ballot measure would set more flexible caps while maintaining school class-size averages.

Some have called the idea "right-sizing."

The Senate vote was 26-12, with just one Republican - Alex Villalobos - crossing party lines to vote against the bill and one Democrat - Jeremy Ring - joining the GOP to vote for it.

"I really believe that we have no higher calling than to try to help our kids and if that's tough, well that's what you got elected to do, to come up here and do the tough thing," Villalobos said on the floor.

The issue next heads to the House, where members have supported amending the amendment every year.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:55am]


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