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One more run at class size



The day is quickly approaching when schools will have to count the number of students in each classroom to make sure they're meeting the 2002 class-size reduction constitutional amendment. Many school leaders aren't too excited. They worry about what to do when students arrive or leave mid-year, messing up the numbers. They want some flexibility.

The Florida House hears them.

4350 "I'm not a fan of the rigid class size average," House K-12 Education Committee vice chairman John Legg (left) told Pasco administrators on Tuesday. "The reality of it is, the time is ticking on us. ... You're going to see a proposal out of the House."

He didn't offer details.

Rep. Will Weatherford, the Wesley Chapel Republican who's in line to become House speaker in 2011, agreed that change must come.

"Hopefully this is a lesson to us all that just because it sounds good on election day doesn't mean it is good. We got duped," he told the group. "If I thought we could get something on the ballot to freeze class size, I'd start a petition right here."

He worried, though, that whatever the House does, the Senate might not go along, as usual. Even if it does, Weatherford said, getting 60 percent of Florida voters to agree could be even more difficult.

Still, it looks as if the House is going to try again.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:29am]


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