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New Mason-Dixon poll shows class size amendment support below 50 percent

The Florida lawmakers who have been pressing to scale back the 2002 class size amendment have their work cut out for them if they want to see the changes adopted into law.

A new Mason-Dixon poll shows just 44 percent of respondents favoring the proposed changes to the amendment, while 60 percent of voters would have to back the referendum to put it into place. Here's the result, released today:

QUESTION: An additional amendment would change the rules governing class size in Florida to allow districts to implement class size caps as a school average, as well as allow schools to add 3 students in classes from Pre-K to 3rd grade, and add 5 students to classes in grades 4 to 12. If you were voting on this amendment today, would you vote: “Yes” in favor of this amendment, or “No”, against this amendment?

                      STATE MEN WOMEN DEM   REP   IND
YES                44%     48%   40%    30%    59% 46%
NO                  39%     37%   41%    53%    28% 32%
UNDECIDED   17%     15%   19%    17%    13% 22%

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:01am]


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