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No on 8 disputes claims made by Yes on 8



Well, that didn't take long, did it?

Just moments after Yes on 8 leaders announced their new campaign, the No on 8 folks denounced it.

In a news release, the No side accused the Yes-sirs of misleading the public on several aspects of the class size amendment, including the need for more flexibility in assigning students to classrooms and the concern over the "19th child."

"Here’s the bottom line – Amendment 8 is a loser for public education and for our kids," said Rocky Hanna, a Leon County school principal who's been among the opponents to relaxing the 2002 voter mandate. "

"When I was first approached by the ‘Yes on 8’ campaign I thought their argument made a lot of sense but the more I found out the less sense it made," Hanna said. "It’s disappointing that the ‘Yes on 8’ campaign is pitting school groups against each other and using flexibility as a trick to take funding away from our schools.  I’m all for flexibility but not at the expense of losing up to one billion dollars in education funding every year.  We made the class size amendment work at one of the oldest and most historic schools in Florida even without getting the money we should have for the final phase of implementation. I would urge Florida voters not to be tricked into returning to the days of overcrowded classrooms."

What once looked like it might be a fairly moribund campaign is taking on signs of life. Look for more of this as we move toward Nov. 2.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 2:16pm]


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