Honor the "will of the people"
While still serving in the Florida Legislature, U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek of Miami spent a lot of political capital pushing the state's 2002 class size reduction amendment to narrow passage. Then he headed off to D.C. and didn't have much to say as state lawmakers tried unsuccessfully to tinker with the mandate.
Now that it looks as if the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission might put the issue back before voters, Meek is back trying to convince that panel to leave the amendment alone. The commission, which meets every 20 years and can set ballot questions without the Legislature or petitions, defeated a proposal to ask voters to scale back the amendment earlier this week, but left the item open for a possible revote next week.
He sent a letter to commission chairman Alan Bense commending this week's vote and suggesting it should stand:
The decision for children to learn in smaller classrooms was already made by Florida's voters in 2002 when they approved the Class Size Amendment. I hope you share my belief that the will of the people should be honored.
To read his full letter, click here.