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Hey, lawmakers, leave our amendment alone



Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas gives voice to the many who want Florida's Republican lawmakers to stop trying to subvert the will of the voters when it comes to smaller class sizes:

"The solution here is to leave the amendment alone and inject a little common sense into its implementation. Its provisions call for 18 students in kindergarten through third grade; 22 students in fourth through eighth grade; and 25 students in ninth through 12th grade. Now this can be interpreted in different ways. The method chosen by the state, which hasn't gone into full force yet, is the most extreme."

Thomas notes that former state Rep. David Simmons proposed a legislative fix in 2008 that even House Democrats liked. Something akin to that might be more acceptable than some of the other ideas coming out of Tallahassee, some of which echo former governor Jeb Bush's "devious plot" comment.

True? Would a proposal to set dates for classroom counts and give schools annual, not permanent, flexibility to deal with extra students who arrive during the year win your backing?

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:43am]


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