Key Florida lawmaker proposes class size penalty adjustments
Florida State Sen. Ellen Bogdanoff, chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Finance, filed legislation on Wednesday that would blunt the financial impact for school districts that fail to comply with the 2002 class size amendment.
The bill would reduce the amount of penalties levied against districts that miss the mark. It also would eliminate provisions allowing for reallocation of the reduced categorical funds to districts that did comply.
Last year, many of the penalties were vacated anyway. And this year several district leaders have said it might be even harder than last year to follow the standard, with budgets even tighter than before. (That's not stopping Palm Beach, Polk and others from frantically trying to make it -- Palm Beach did set the record for failing to comply last year.)
Lawmakers already have reduced the number of courses affected by the amendment. Looks like if they can't get rid of the voter mandate outright, they can certainly try to change the way it's put into effect. Stay tuned.